2/17/2008 ~ Justification

... both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. ... ~ Romans 3:9-18

We need to know what makes us sinners.

              ┌─> Thankful not like him?
"... everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and
he who humbles himself will be exalted." ~ Luke 18:9-14

└─> Which one was justified?                 

It starts with an admission of being an unworthy sinner.
Do you look for one worse to justify self?

"... Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?" ~ Job 40:8

                           └─> Free of Guilt

It is about being right with God.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 5:10-11

... at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, ... ~ Philippians 2:9-11

It is inescapable that all will stand, kneel, before Him.
We will be judged by our own merits,
~ not in relation to any other but to ourselves.

... by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight,
for by the law is knowledge of sin. ~ Romans 3:19-20

└─> The Jews stood unjustified.     

... a man is not justified by the works of the law
but by faith in Jesus Christ, ... ~ Galatians 2:15-20

... no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident,
for "the just shall live by faith." ... ~ Galatians 3:11-14

... But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, ...
~ Romans 3:21-24

... law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. ~ Galatians 3:24-25

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, ...
~ Romans 15:4

... Now all these things happened to them as examples,
and they were written for our admonition, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 10:6-15

The law showed us all sinners needing a savior from ourselves.

┌─> No exceptions, all have sinned.                                                         
... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, ... ~ Romans 3:23

All should be humbled requiring the gospel.

For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, ... ~ Romans 15:3
                     └─> Is it to please God or self?

Are you unremorseful for your wrongs?
~ Each of us has sin to be removed and Jesus took the beating
so that we might find release from sin through Him.

... And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.
~ Psalm 69:9

Even David needed the savior.
          └─> Wasn’t good enough.

... that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
~ Romans 3:23-26

Justified Before God = Just As if I Never Sinned

At some point, all of us are ashamed of our conduct
which leaves us not justified.

... Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin." ~ Romans 4:7-8

... those who practice such things are deserving of death, ... ~ Romans 1:32
            We all deserve to go to hell. <─┘

Yet Christ died for all with His blood.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us,
in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8

... not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless
conduct received by tradition from your fathers, ... ~ 1st Peter 1:18-19

His blood paid for our justification.
Die unto the flesh and justified to life

                                                              Life beyond death. <─┐

... who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised
because of our justification. ~ Romans 4:25

Jesus came to show us the way.

... through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men,
resulting in justification of life. ~ Romans 5:18

... He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, ... ~ 1st John 2:1-2

It is imperative that each one of us avidly pursue the will of Jesus.

... For by your words you will be justified, and by your words
you will be condemned." ~ Matthew 12:36-37

... "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent."
~ John 6:29

Committing to your belief is a work.
God did and does not just love us casually
and expects more of us than less.

Would you listen to mans whims, yourself, over God?
Continual earnest prayer to Him opens one’s heart.

Do you see that faith was working together with his works,
and by works faith was made perfect? ~ James 2:22

You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
~ James 2:24

One will not find justification with:
  ●   I've been good
  ●   I'm better than others
  ●   My religion is better

Only through Jesus in righteousness can one find justification.

... having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according
to the hope of eternal life. ~ Titus 3:4-7

... there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith
and the uncircumcised through faith. ... ~ Romans 3:27-31

All must go through Christ.
His grace is not a license to sin.
We are asked to serve with faith.
Justified by His blood.

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Sin opposes God.

Love Him.





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