Temple Baptist Church - 11-5-2017
A. Justification is the change in the sinner’s state, from guilt and separation from God to salvation and peace with God! No matter who you are, no matter what you have done, salvation is available through Christ’s sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection.
B. Justification should also bring the peace of God. Get your salvation settled! You must place your trust in the finished work of the gospel.
1. Man is condemned by his sin. Chapters 1-3 “for all have sinned”Romans 3:10-12 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (11) There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. (12) They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
2. Man is saved by grace through faith alone. Romans 4:3-5 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. (4) Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. (5) But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
3. Man is justified by imputation. Chapter 4:22-25 “imputed” Romans 4:22-25 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. (23) Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; (24) But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; (25) Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
4. Salvation and Imputation bring about Justification!
C. Why keep repeating these things? Because we often tend to believe that we are saved if we feel that we are being good and fail to realize that we are saved by what God did and not what we are doing.
D. Justification Defined – to declare righteous (just as if I had never sinned)
Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
E. The Results of Justification – 5:1-5
1. Justification Brings Peace – vs 1 There was a time when we were enemies; but now in Christ we have peace with God. Peace with God means that our problem with sin has been settled by the blood of Christ.
2. Justification Brings Access – vs 2 Before our salvation, we stood "in Adam" and were condemned; but now in Christ, we have a perfect standing before God and can enter into His presence.
3. Justification Brings Rejoicing – vs 2 The unsaved person is "without hope." We cannot boast in good works that could never bring salvation, but we can boast in the wonderful salvation God has given us freely in Christ.
4. Justification Brings Hope – vs 2 Not a false or baseless “I hope so.” But a blessed hope.
5. Justification Brings Growth – vs 3-4 Growth through studying the Bible and victory over the tribulation.
6. Justification Brings Love – vs 5 One of the outward signs of salvation is love. The fruit of the Spirit begins with love, joy, then peace.
a. A Love For The Saviour
b. A Love For The Sinner
c. A Love For The Saint
d. A Love For The Scripture
e. A Love For The Sanctuary