The Sin of God’s People

Though God sees sin in His people with His eye of omniscience, yet not with His eye of revenging justice. Though He sees them, in respect of His providence, which reaches all things, yet not in respect of justification. Though He takes notice of His people’s sins so as to chastise them in a fatherly way, for their good; yet He does not see them, take notice of them, and observe them in a judicial way, so as to impute them to them, or require satisfaction for them. “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them” (2nd Corinthians 5:19). No, He has imputed them to Christ … and Christ has made full satisfaction for them and therefore, “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth: who is He that condemneth? It is Christ that died” (Romans 8:33-34). God will not require satisfaction at the hands of His people for their sins. He will not punish them on account of them. They shall never enter into condemnation for “there is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Was God to see sin in His people in this sense, and proceed against them in a forensic way, He must act contrary to His justice and set aside the satisfaction of His Son.

John Gill

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