Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Antichrist and the substitute gospel

"What is so plausible about the work of Antichrist is that he uses that which is otherwise good as his clever substitute gospel. Under the guise of honoring the Third Person of the Trinity, Antichrist brings in another gospel, for he substitutes the gracious work of the Spirit in us for the vicarious work of Christ for us as the ground of our justification unto life eternal.

"The work of the Holy Spirit in us is a great and glorious work (2 Corinthians 3:18). But it is not to be put in the place of the Gospel. We must not confuse the work of the Second and Third Persons of the blessed Trinity. Christ’s work was substitutionary. It was done for us--without our participation. We had no part in that righteousness. Furthermore, that work, being complete, is the only ground of our acceptance with God."

--The late John Robbins, Trinity Foundation
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