The Doctrine of Sin Part 7 -- By: Lewis Sperry Chafer

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 093:371 (Jul 1936)
Article: The Doctrine of Sin Part 7
Author: Lewis Sperry Chafer

The Doctrine of Sin
Part 7

Lewis Sperry Chafer

[Author’s Note: This installment, which is the third section of the fifth and last main division of a series of discussions on the Doctrine of Sin, has been preceded by I, “The First Sin in Heaven and its Effect” (Bibliotheca Sacra, October, 1934); II, “The First Sin on Earth and its Effect (Ibid., January, 1935); III. “Man’s Present Estate as a Sinner” (Ibid., April, 1935); IV, “The Specific Character of the Christian’s Sin” (Ibid., October, 1936). These articles aim at a practical, Biblical treatment of the Doctrine of Sin rather than its philosophical and metaphysical aspects.-L.S.C.]

V. The Divine Remedy for All Sin

[This, the final major division of this discussion, has appeared “The in three sections-(1) The first article, embracing (a) “The Divine Cure for the Sin of the Angels,” (b) “The Divine Cure for Imputed Sin,” and (c) “The Divine Cure for the Sin Nature ” (Ibid., January, 1936); (2) embracing, (a) “The Divine Cure for Personal Sins,” (b) “The Divine Cure for Man’s Present Estate Under Sin,” and (c) “The Divine Cure for the Christian’s Sin” (Ibid., April, 1936), and (3) the present article on “The Final Triumph of God Over all Sin.”]

7. The Final Triumph of God over all Sin

The six preceding divisions of the general theme of the divine cure for sin have been concerned, in the main, with the immediate features and effects of sin, or sin in its present aspects. In this seventh and last division consideration is to be given to those aspects of this subject which are as extensive as the universe itself and which reach on into eternity. We thus approach the glorious, universal, divine triumph which is yet to be-a triumph on the plane of Infinity and including the disposition of sin as a principle. Even a feeble analysis, such as a finite mind might undertake, must disclose the fact that, concealed in this aspect of the sin question, is the most important reason the human mind has ever discovered as to why sin was permitted to enter this universe with its injury to creation and its measureless imposition of

sacrifice upon the Son of God. It is true that the grace of God can not be manifested only as there are fallen creatures in existence who, because of the corruption of sin, are objects of grace, and that the demonstration of divine grace, the inestimable glory of which is observable not in time but in eternity (Eph 2:7), constitutes an obvious reason for the permission of sin; but more far-reaching and all-inclusive is the fact that the principle of evil, as opposed to good, is brought out of that abstra...

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