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Chad is a third generation minister with a heart for preaching and counseling. Though he has roots in Missouri, God brought Chad to Monett by way of Colorado. In addition to hanging out with his wife, Darla, and duaghters, Mikayla & Sabrina, Chad enjoys motorcycles, major League baseball, and stained glass. Chad's life verse is Galatians 5:6 ‘The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.'

 

Justification

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

I. A JUST GOD DEMANDS THAT THE DEMANDS OF THE LAW ARE MET

a. Chuck Swindol, in his book Grace Awakening, defines Justification as, “The Sovereign act of God whereby He declares righteous the believing sinner while still in the sinning state.”

b. In 2 Thessalonians 1:6 we are told that, “ God is just.” This means that He cannot ignore sin.

c. Isaiah 64:6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.

d. If God were to turn a blind eye to sin, He would not be just. Somehow or another, the law has to be met

i. Through Propitiation He deal s w ith his anger toward our sin,

ii. Through Redemption He deal s w ith our slavery to sin

iii. Through Justification He has to deal with the fact that the law has not been satisfied

e. Matthew 5:17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

f. Jesus didn't come to do away with the law – but to fulfill them on our behalf

II. A JUST GOD DEMANDS THAT JUSTICE IS SERVED

a. If God does not punish sin, He would not be just. Somehow or another the punishment must be served.

b. In Romans 3:19-26 we are told that, “God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.”

c. Jesus died for us on the cross to take the punishment for our sin. So, not only does He fulfill the law on our behalf so that the legal demands of justification are met, He also paid the full price for the law that we have not and will not be able to fulfill.

d. One of my favorite words in Scripture is “forbearance.” It means that “God is more interested in forgiving you than judging you”

III. GOD DESIRES TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH CONVICTED LAWBREAKERS

a. You are not made righteous, where you are perpetually perfect.

b. You Are DECLARED righteous, while you, the sinner, still lives a life marked by periodic sinfulness.

c. In his book, Grace Awakening, Chuck Swindol writes, “ To say that Justification can merely be defined as “j ust as if I'd never sinned” weakens the full impact of justification. Instead it means even though I still sin periodically and have found myself unable to stop sinning on a permanent basis, God declared me righteou s w hen I believed. And because I will continue to sin from time to time, I find all the more reason to be grateful for grace. As a sinner I deserve the wrath of God, the punishment for my sin, my only hope is in the grace of God to justifiy me & declare me righteous.”

d. Summary:

i. Because God is just, He requires that the full demands of the law be met. We cannot do that, so Jesus did it for us by living a life without sin.

ii. Because God is just, He demands that punishment is paid for His law being broken. Rather than making us pay that price, Jesus paid it for us on the cross.

iii. Because of our justification brought about by Jesus perfect life and Him being the substitute for our punishment on the cross, we as lawbreakers are able to have a personal relationship with God free from the alienation that our sin deserves.

 

 

 

 

 
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