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    "The Judge verifies the truth of Christ's payment and states, 'This sinner's sins are fully paid; I therefore issue to him a full and free pardon.'

    "The Recorder, the Holy Spirit, receives the official pardon and delivers it to, and seals it in, the heart of the justified sinner."

    What response will be excited in the heart of a person experiencing personal justification in the tribunal of his conscience?


The elect's final step of justification will be his public justification on the final judgment day. Then the King shall gather His entire Church, and in the presence of all people and angels, shall declare His entire Church to be pardoned from all sin and grant to them a legal title to enter into heaven as His adopted children. All this shall be granted unto the saved, solely upon the merits and application of Christ's perfect righteousness. In heaven, God's free, sovereign, justifying grace shall be extolled forever.

Truly "blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LoRD imputeth not iniquity" (Psalm 32:1-2a). A glimpse of this blessedness is portrayed in the following stories:


    A writer once walked across a valley of sand in the South Sea Islands. Reaching the hill on the opposite side, he looked back and saw his tracks in the sand. He had tried to walk straight, but now observed that every footprint was crooked. Numerous times he had wandered quite far from walking a straight path.

    "This is a picture of my life," he mused. "Every footstep is crooked and my walk is full of wanderings from the straight path!"

    Lying down to rest, he fell asleep and awoke a few hours later. Looking back over the valley, not a trace of his footsteps could be seen. Every footprint was gone. The wind had leveled all the sand.

    Tears filled his eyes as Isaiah 44:22a absorbed his thoughts: "I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins."

 

When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory:

And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

- Matthew 25:31-34

 




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