A Question I Was Asked:

Would the Grace of God Have Been Available Without the Cross?

Wouldn't the grace of God have been available without the Cross? Some Christian websites are now saying that grace would have been freely available for mankind even if Jesus had not died upon the cross, and risen later. How about this argument?

UK Apologetics Reply:

I can answer this one quickly:

If grace had been freely available without the cross of Jesus, why did Jesus die on the cross?

I'm afraid the argument is just plain wrong, because the penalty for the sins of mankind, the full payment, had to be paid and satisfied; it is paid and satisfied in the cross of our Lord.

Yes, grace is now fully available and fully unmerited (by us), but only because of Jesus. The argument used here does not deal with sin. Grace can only be extended because of the cross, because the penalty for sin is satisfied. Any other view is unbiblical. The view that grace would always have been available even if Jesus had not gone to the cross, does not deal with sin at any point. It pictures a God who is happy to look the other way or to sweep things under the carpet! But as well as being a God of love, our God is a supremely righteous God Who faces up to judgement where necessary.

For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! (Romans 5:17).

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. (1 Peter 3:18).

So without the work of Christ upon the cross there is no grace, forgiveness nor redemption. That is the essential message of your Bible and mine.

Robin A. Brace. March 2nd, 2017.