Concerning Justification, part 39

Scripture Text: Romans 3:21–28

The key phraseology of Paul is “through faith” or “by faith.” He mentions it 31 times. Not only Paul though, since James and Peter each use the phrase once, and the writer of Hebrews uses it 24 times.

Concerning Justification, part 38

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 1:30–31

Our lives come from God. Every good and perfect gift comes to us through the Father. (James 1:17) Well, except salvation and righteousness; we must work for those. No! Heaven forbid!

Concerning Justification, part 37

Scripture Text: Revelation 3:20

Even if you had to do some things in order for the promise of forgiveness to apply to you, how would you know when you had done enough good? At any rate, merit has been taken away from us...

Concerning Justification, part 36

Scripture Text: Acts 10:36–43

Melancthon may as well have said that he could quote Paul, Augustine, and the Fathers all day long, but see here! Peter too, and the prophets also, lend support for justification by faith.

Concerning Justification, part 35

Scripture Text: Hebrews 4:14–16

Only the high priest could represent the people before God in the temple. But Jesus, the “great high priest,” represents us before the Father in heaven. We cannot represent ourselves.

Concerning Justification, part 34

Scripture Text: Romans 5:1–2

Some people rely on religion as a way to gain peace or go to heaven—or rather, not go to hell. This puts the cart before the horse. Instead, they should be interested in being with God.

Concerning Justification, part 33

Scripture Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17–21

Søren Kierkegaard wrote in Sickness Unto Death that we acquire a new appreciation of ourselves when the self is viewed “directly in the sight of God.” When we see ourselves as God sees us, everything changes.

Concerning Justification, part 32

Scripture Text: Psalm 32:1–5

It is easy to admit that everyone is a sinner, since we see the evidence in the news, in the lives of those we love, and certainly in our own lives. Scripture also plainly states...

Concerning Justification, part 29

Scripture Text: 1 Timothy 2:3–6

Even our currency proclaims Christ alone. “In God we trust.” What is unwritten is that we do not trust in money or what it buys—or who does the buying. Yet when it comes to religion, we want to trust in the things we do, as though they can buy salvation.

Concerning Justification, part 28

Scripture Text: Romans 10:13–17

Faith is not ineffectual—or as some insinuate, “pie in the sky.” Faith is a light, life, and force in a person as to renew the heart, mind, and spirit. Faith makes new people of those who believe in Christ

Concerning Justification, part 26

Scripture Text: Psalm 50:8–15

Daily sacrifices were performed at the temple in Jerusalem because God commanded. Sacrifice was done as an outward expression of grateful dependence upon God.

Concerning Justification, part 25

Scripture Text: Psalm 130:1–8

Even the saints of old understood the kind of worship that expected blessings from God. It may not have seemed like they understood anything but a quid pro quo religion.

Concerning Justification, part 24

Scripture Text: Romans 6:21–24

Justifying faith, properly understood, includes these three things. First, that a promise has been made. God has promised to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness in order to reconcile the world to himself through Christ.

Concerning Justification, part 23

Scripture Text: Romans 4:15–16

If a promise is made, faith—not work—is required. This is true in human relations and it is no less true in the relationship between the human and the divine.

Concerning Justification, part 22

Scripture Text: Romans 12:1–2

We should certainly offer our whole selves to God (Rom 12:1). Yet, to imagine that this appeases God's wrath or earns justification and salvation is self-deception.

Concerning Justification, part 20

Scripture Text: Philippians 3:8–9

Ironically, so-called personal faith does not rely upon personal works but upon the person of Christ. It is solely because of him that God is reconciled and made favorable toward us.

Concerning Justification, part 18

Scripture Text: Romans 4:7–14

Circumcision was a seal or sign of Abraham's faith in God's promise. It was not a requirement for earning God's grace. Rather, it was a sign that Abraham believed what God promised.

Concerning Justification, part 17

Scripture Text: Genesis 3:8–10

The law is always accusing us of wrongdoing. That is the law's job. Furthermore, we know the law is right. In ourselves, we have no leg to stand on. The law has us dead to rights.

Concerning Justification, part 16

Scripture Text: 1 Samuel 16:6–7

God is concerned, though not primarily so, with the things that we do. The external matters such as are found in the second table of the law are there—in second place—for a reason.

Concerning Justification, part 15

Scripture Text: Isaiah 64:4–6

The words of Jesus are enough. If it is Jesus who makes us free, how dare we try to make ourselves free through works of the law? So some say, “Yes, he sets you free but you must add works to remain free.”

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