ROMANS 4:4-8 ARE YOU SAVED BY WORKS OR BY FAITH?

30May

Romans 4:4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. 5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: 7 "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; 8 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin."

v4-5 Paul broadens the argument to include all men. If a man works to earn righteousness then a debt is owed by God to man, but as we saw in Ephesians 2:8-9 that salvation is a free gift given by a sovereign God in whom is supreme power and authority over all the world and universe.

He is contrasting faith with works and showing that faith must put an end to all attempts to earn salvation through works.

Justifies the ungodly .... only those who give up all claims of righteousness and acknowledge they are ungodly(sinners) are candidates for justification by God through faith.

Luke 5:32 "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."

  1. David Justified by Faith v-6-8

v-6 Paul now turns to David for support of this argument of righteousness through faith alone, in Christ alone, by God's grace alone.

v-7-8 Psalm 32:1-2 read through v-5

This is a Psalm in which David is telling about the forgiveness of the sin which occurred in 2Sam 11. David coveted Bathsheba, then committed adultery with her and lastly murdered her husband Uriah.

2 Samuel 12:13 -14 So David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." And Nathan said to David, "The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 "However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die."

Each of these sins that David committed were by themselves worthy of the death penalty under the Law

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

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ALWAYS WALKING THE WALK

26May

In Ephesians 4:1-6 Paul begged the church to Walk in Unity, to work to keep the unity, and then he shows us the foundation for unity.  He said we are to be humble, to not retaliate when we have the power to, to be patient, and to be forgiving to others when they hurt us. He tells us that God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit have always been unified. When love prevails among believers, especially in times of strong disagreement, it presents to the world an undeniable mark of a true follower of Jesus Christ.

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

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ROMANS 4:1-3 ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS

23May

Romans 4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh?  2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."

Chapters 4-7 in Romans are the key issues which face all believers

In Romans 3:21 and 3:28 Paul has stated God's position on how a man is saved and now in Romans 4:1-12 Paul uses two illustrations to prove it.

Abraham, Issac, and Jacob were regarded by the Jews as not having sinned against God

3 times Abraham is called God's friend:2 Chron 20:7, James 2:23 and

Isaiah 41:8  "But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend.

Charles Hodge points out that Abraham was the centerpiece of the Jews position of righteousness by works. He was known to them as the father of faith. He was believed to have kept the whole law. They even believed that the Torah or the Jewish law had been given before the foundation of the world for Abraham's sake.

  1. Abraham Justified by Faith

V-1 John 8:39 They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham.

v- 2 If Justified by works he has something to boast about

Eph 2:4-10

1Corinth 1:26-31

The law was not given until the time of Moses...several hundred years later after Abraham's death

Gal 3:1 7 And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. 18 For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

v-3 Abraham believed...

Gen 26:3-6 "Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. 4 "And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; 5 "because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws." 6 So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.

We know that Abraham lied twice about his wife Sarah

Genesis 20:2 Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.

Gen 12:13  "Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you." To Pharoah in Egypt

Gen 15:4-6  And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir." 5 Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be." 6 And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.

Accounted or imputed is a financial or legal word that means to take something that belongs to someone else and credit it to another's account. God took his own righteousness and credited it to Abraham as if it were his because Abraham believed. This word is used 9 times in chapter 4 alone.

What did Abraham believe?

  1. Went out not knowing where he was going Hebrews 11:8
  2. Promise of a son even though he and Sarah were past childbearing age.
  3. All nations will be blessed through Abraham Gen 12:3
  4. Promises in Gen 22:18 of a blessing through a single descendant; Not just a son, but Jesus Christ

Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ.

John 8:56-58 "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad." 57  Then the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?" 58 Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."

  1. God could resurrect his son Issac through whom all the promises were given since he was an only child of Abraham and Sarah. Ishmael was born of Hagar his handmaid and is the ancestor of all the Arabs who constantly cause Israel trouble today.

Genesis 22:9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am." 12 And He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

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WHERE ARE YOU STORING YOUR TREASURE

19May

Ephesians 4:28 Says Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.  I want you to notice that the reason God wants us to work is not so that we can store up treasure on this earth, but so that we may help others who are not as fortunate as we are. Lu 12:34 "Says For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Where are you storing your treasure, on earth or in heaven?

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

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ROMANS 3:25-31 GOD’S GLORY IN THE CROSS

16May

Romans 3:25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. 29 Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

 

The worldly spirit of self-ism is perhaps the major reason most Christians are not aggressive in witnessing to the lost. It is the reason the church, for the most part, is not moving out into the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Christian who is primarily concerned about his own comfort and blessings, even his spiritual blessings, does not have his focus on God. Consequently, his life will not be directed toward fulfilling God’s Great Commission.

In the summer of 1865, Hudson Taylor became tremendously burdened for the land of China. His biographer reports that he also became greatly troubled about the church he was attending in Brighton, England. As he looked around the congregation he saw pew upon pew of prosperous bearded merchants, shopkeepers, visitors; demure wives in bonnets and crinolines, scrubbed children trained to hide their impatience; the atmosphere of smug piety sickened him. He seized his hat and left.

“Unable to bear the sight of a congregation of a thousand or more Christian people rejoicing in their own security, while millions were perishing for lack of knowledge, I wandered out on the sands alone, in great spiritual agony.” And there on the beach he prayed for “twenty-four willing skillful laborers.” (Stott, p. 24)

Out of that prayer eventually came the China Inland Mission. Due to that ministry and others like it, there are reportedly twenty-five million to perhaps fifty million believers in China today, despite its officially atheistic government.

God could use men such as Henry Martyn and Hudson Taylor because their attention was not focused on their own interests but on God’s.

Salvation is first and foremost a way of glorifying God. The fact that it saves men from hell and gives them eternal life, marvelous and wonderful as that is, is secondary to the glory of God. The cross of Jesus Christ had the most dramatic effect on mankind in[1]

 The greatest lie in the world, and the lie common to all false religions and cults, is that, by certain works of their own doing, men are able to make themselves acceptable to God. The greatest error in that belief is its sheer impossibility. But the greatest evil of that belief is that it robs God of His glory.

  1. His Name
  2. Praise Him 19 Times
  3. Glorify God 6 Times
  4. glory of God 17 times
  5. praise of God 2 times
  6. praise of His glory 3 times

The cross exalts God through His righteousness

The death of Christ then is for God, it propitiates God, it satisfies God.

Two, it puts His righteousness on display. who believed."

  1. The Reasoning by God v27-31

27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.

After explaining God’s provided righteousness for sinners, Paul considered five questions (in Gr.) which he anticipated his readers might ask. Two are in verse 27, two in verse 29, and the other in verse 31. The first is, Where, then is boasting? [1]

If salvation is through the Law, then men can boast; but the principle of faith makes it impossible for men to boast. The swimmer, when he is saved from drowning, does not brag because he trusted the lifeguard. What else could he do? When a believing sinner is justified by faith, he cannot boast of his faith, but he can boast in a wonderful Savior.[1]

The cross exalts God through His grace

Everything was designed by God and achieved through Jesus Christ. Therefore, the cross is all grace.

You look at the cross, it's all grace. There's no works there. Verse 24, "Justified as a gift by His grace." It's about faith and grace. It's a gift of grace, all we do is believe. We make no contribution.

28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.

V28 Justified by faith... Nothing in my hands I bring, only to thy cross I cling

Ephesians 2:8 and 9, "For by grace are you saved through faith, that not of yourselves, it's a gift of God not of works lest any man should boast."

At the cross His integrity is put on display that He might be glorified.

29 Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.

Does God have two standards?

No. Look, if salvation is by faith, if it's by faith that levels everything because even the people who don't have the Law can exercise faith. If the Law is not what saves, then the Jews don't have any advantage in salvation.

V29-30 Prejudice is excluded

Here is Paul's answer to the Jews who might say that is okay for Gentiles since they do not know the law, but not the Jews

The cross puts God's holiness on display

31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

The purpose of the Mosaic Law is fulfilled and its place in God’s total plan is confirmed when it leads an individual to faith in Jesus Christ (cf. v. 20; Gal. 3:23–25). Paul repeatedly affirmed that faith, not works of the Law, is the way of salvation. He wrote the word “faith” eight times in Romans 3:22–31! (See vv. 22, 25–28, 30 [twice], and 31.)[1]

Ga 3:21-26

Do we then nullify the law through faith?" Because salvation is by faith do we nullify the Law? And the Greek, the strongest negative, "May it never be, no, no, no, no way, impossible, outrageous, on the contrary we establish the Law."

If salvation by faith meant that God didn't care about His Law, He wouldn't be holy, right? All God's Law is is a reflection of His holiness. The cross displays His holiness. How? Because His holiness demands a sacrifice. His holiness demands a payment for the violation of His Law. So it is at the cross where His holiness is satisfied. It is also at the cross where sinners are converted and regenerated so that we can now as new creatures by the power of the Holy Spirit, Romans 8, fulfill the law. We aren't saved to ignore the Law, we are saved to fulfill the Law. And we say with David, "O how I love Your Law." We love the Word, we long to obey.

The Law is on display at the cross. It is the Law that brings you to the cross. The Law was never designed to save, it was designed to show you how sinful you are. It's the Law that brings you there so everyone who is ever saved is affirming the glory of the Law. And being saved you now then affirm the glory of the Law not because it showed you your sin, but now because it shows you how to live and you have the power by the Spirit to live according to the Law. And that all happens because Jesus dies the death the holy Law requires. The law then is confirmed in every way at the cross and therefore the holiness of God is confirmed.

V31 through faith we establish the law. Salvation by grace through faith shows the true importance of the law by

  1. Providing a payment for the penalty of sin
  2. By fulfilling the law's original purpose which was it was to be a tutor which showed us our inability to keep the law and drive us to Christ
  3. It gives us the ability to obey the law

 Up to that time the Jews kept the law out of fear of God, that day is gone. Now we are to keep the law not out of a fear of punishment, but out of love for God and his amazing mercy

Many times we are stopped from doing wrong because of the fear of hurting those we love

Think, sin is not so much breaking God's law as it is breaking God's heart

The cross exalts God four ways: His righteousness, His grace, His consistency, and His law.

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

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CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH JESUS AS LORD

12May

If we are Christians we should wake up and thank God every day that Jesus died for our sins that we might have eternal life. If you don't know Christ as Savior repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you based on Jesus' finished work on the cross. Romans 10:8-10 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Do it today, don't put it off

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

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ROMANS 3:25-26 GOD’S DEMONSTRATION OF HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS

9May

Romans 3:25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

  1. The Righteousness of God v 25 -26

Forbearance... in Romans 2:4 we saw this spoke of a truce between two warring parties and that God rather than destroying us the first time we sinned he graciously and patiently holds back judgement so that we might have a chance to repent and be saved

Passed over sins: doesn't speak of God ignoring sin, but withholding judgement for a period of time since every sin requires punishment

Psalm 78:38-40 But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, And did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, And did not stir up all His wrath; 39 For He remembered that they were but flesh, A breath that passes away and does not come again.40 How often they provoked Him in the wilderness, And grieved Him in the desert!

Acts 17:30  "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

In the OT sins were temporarily paid for by an animal sacrifice and It might have appeared that God did not take sin seriously, but the cross removed all doubts

To demonstrate the righteousness of God was shown by Jesus' incarnation (God taking on a human form), his sinless life, and substitutionary death

That he might be just and the justifier: God in his infinite wisdom set in place a plan that would allow Him to punish Jesus in the place of sinners and thereby justify undeserving sinners without compromising his standards of Justice

Notice in verses 25-26 that the phrase to demonstrate or declare His righteousness is repeated(emphasis)

  1. The Reasoning by God v27-31

V27-28 Boasting is excluded by the law of faith

1Corinth1:28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29  that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God----and righteousness and sanctification and redemption---- 31 that, as it is written, "He who glories, let him glory in the LORD."

V28 Justified by faith... Nothing in my hands I bring, only to thy cross I cling

There was a certain kind of Judaism which tried to keep accounts with God and finally come to a point where they felt God owed them and then they could go to heaven

Faith is a self-emptying, self-denying and casting all our hope of Heaven on Christ and Him alone

This reasoning allows God to get all the glory which he deserves

V29-30 Prejudice is excluded

Here is Paul's answer to the Jews who might say that is okay for Gentiles since they do not know the law, but not the Jews

Deut 6:4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!

V31 through faith we establish the law Salvation by grace through faith shows the true importance of the law by

  • Providing a payment for the penalty of sin
  • By fulfilling the law's original purpose which was it was to be a tutor which showed us our inability to keep the law and drive us to Christ
  • It gives us the ability to obey the law

 Up to that time the Jews kept the law out of fear of God, that day is gone. Now we are to keep the law not out of a fear of punishment, but out of love for God and his amazing mercy

Many times we are stopped from doing wrong because of the fear of hurting those we love

Think, sin is not so much breaking God's law as it is breaking God's heart

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

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ARE WE PRAYING FOR THE RIGHT THINGS

5May

To sum up Ephesians 1:17-19 Paul prayed that the Holy Spirit would give us wisdom and reveal to us great knowledge of God, that we would really know and understand God, that we would understand the hope of heaven, our inheritance of spiritual riches, and know God’s great power that is available to us as believers. Notice he did not pray for health, wealth, or material things, but for spiritual wisdom and real Christian character.  These are the kind of prayers that Paul modeled for us to pray for other believers.  Is this the way we pray?

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

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ROMANS 3:21-24 BUT NOW THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD APART FROM THE LAW IS REVEALED

2May

Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Man's so called quest for God has gone down so many roads, The Jews have said you need to keep the Law. Most of the other false religions of the world say you have to do works or good deeds to get into Heaven, some say you keep coming back until you get it right and then you can attain a release from this world.

So what is it that allows a man to be acceptable in God's sight, what is it that can remove the penalty of the law, what is it that makes a person's entrance into Heaven a sure thing.

False religion says do and God says it is done

Verses 21 -26 are probably the most important words ever written

Donald Grey Barnhouse drew a heart over these verses in his Bible and said this passage was not only the heart of Romans, but the heart of the NT and the whole Bible.

 

  1. The Righteousness from God apart from the Law v21-23

V21 Now we come to the great BUT Now of God's Righteousness apart from law revealed

1ST of all, this but now signals the start of a new train of thought and 2nd it also show that in this current period of time that the righteousness of Christ has been revealed

Having shown the impossibility of gaining righteousness by human effort, Paul now turns to explain the righteousness that God himself has provided.

Philippians 3: 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

Being witnessed to by the Law and the Prophets:

Deut 18:18 `I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 19 `And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him. 20 `But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.' 21 "And if you say in your heart, `How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?' -- 22 "when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

V22  Through Faith......all who believe

Acts 10:43 "To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins

Charles Spurgeon said faith is believing Christ is what he said he is, He will do what he said he promised he will do and then to expect this of Him.

v-22-23 No difference..all fall short of the glory- All  men of all races cannot meet the standard of complete perfection(glory of God)

1 Corinthians 11:7  For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.

This righteousness is available to all who believe

All have sinned- Paul is restating what he has already proved in Rom 1:18-3:20

Nowadays preachers who speak of the sinfulness of man are looked down on, because they are always speaking of how bad man is and how you are going to hell, they forget the fact that the whole reason this is done to show man a better way of living. It is living based on what God has done and can do with us if we let Him run our lives. Saying man is a sinner is not just to make him feel bad about himself, but to make him realize what he can be through God. The motive is a good one.

  1. The Justification by God v24

Justification is a word from the law courts which  speaks of a man on trial before God

This word means not to make a person something he is not, but to treat him as if he was that. To reckon or account to him something he does not deserve. If an innocent man appears before a judge then to treat him as innocent is to acquit him

 Justification means that even though man is thoroughly guilty that God in his amazing mercy treats him, reckons him, accounts him as if he were innocent.

When Paul says that God justifies the ungodly he means that God treats the ungodly as if he were a good man. This is what shocked the Jews, they thought this was a sign of a wicked judge

That is why the Bible says in Mark 10:15 and Luke 18:17  "Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it."

We must come to the Lord as a little child who comes to his mother brokenhearted and sorry for the wrong committed and asking for forgiveness, knowing as a mother who loves her child will receive that child in love and forgive him.

Before Christ there was judgement, now there is Justification

Numbers 21:7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, "We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD that He take away the serpents from us." So Moses prayed for the people. Numbers 21:8 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live." Numbers 21:9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

John 3:14-20

Freely .... this is the word gratis or without charge

Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

By his grace: the unmerited favor granted to undeserving sinners

It is not merely a free gift, but a free gift to those(us) who deserve exactly the opposite given to us while we are without hope and without God.

Redemption is a commercial term. It was used in the OT to speak of purchasing the freedom of a prisoner or slave for the purpose of setting them free. Jesus' death, blood sacrifice, and the wrath of God poured out on Him while he was on the cross is the price that was paid to set us free.

Leviticus 25:50 Thus he shall reckon with him who bought him: The price of his release shall be according to the number of years, from the year that he was sold to him until the Year of Jubilee; it shall be according to the time of a hired servant for him.

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

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