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Salvation is only for the sake of the merits of Christ

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by KenH, Jan 13, 2022.

  1. KenH

    KenH Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2002
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    "Yet we must not think, that the Gospel of Christ is a new
    law, whereby, as the Fathers of old under the Old Testament,
    were saved by an old law, so men, now under the New
    Testament, are saved by a new law. For unless thou understand
    the word law, generally for doctrine, as the prophets several
    times are wont to use the word law; certainly the Gospel of
    Christ, properly, is no law, as Paul is wont to use the word law,
    but is good and joyful tidings concerning the Son of God, our
    Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Expiator of our sins and
    appeaser of the wrath of God, our Redeemer and Saviour.
    Neither are the precepts of the law, which are contained in the
    Apostolic writings, a new law, but an explication of the old law,
    according to the mind of the Holy Ghost, which are not darkly
    contained before in the writings of the Prophets, but are
    repeated in the ministry of the Gospel of Christ, that the severity
    of God’s law, and the corruption of our nature, being plainly laid
    open, we might be excited to enquire after and embrace Christ,
    revealed in his Gospel; and that we should be acquainted by
    what rule our life of faith in Christ should be directed.
    Wherefore, if we ought to speak properly concerning the Law of
    God and the Gospel of Christ, even as we are not to make Christ
    a new lawgiver, seeing he has not made a new law, nor erected
    a new politic kingdom on earth; so neither is the Gospel to be
    turned into a new law, which offer eternal salvation to the
    performers thereof. But we think, that it is most certain, that
    there is one and the same natural and moral law, both of the
    Old and New Testament; and eternal salvation is not to be had
    by men under the Old or New Testament for the merits of the
    works of the law, but only for the sake of the merits of our Lord

    - Isaac Chauncy, in "Neonomianism Unmasked OR, A Plea for the ANCIENT GOSPEL"

    The book is online at neonomianism-unmasked.pdf (supralapsarian.com)
  2. Van

    Van Well-Known Member
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    Mar 4, 2011
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    1 Corinthians 9:21
    to those who are without the Law, I became as one without the Law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might gain those who are without the Law.

    Galatians 6:2
    Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.

    While it is true, that by doing the works of the Law - the statutes, ordinances and commands of God - we do not earn or merit salvation, it is not true that Christ did not give us some new commands and declare inoperative some old commands.

    John 13:34, 1 John 2:8-10 both present a feature of the Law of Liberty.