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Summary: I want us to consider who we are, and where we would be if it were not for being justified by our faith in Christ.

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It is good to have Christ as our Savior and Lord, and to know that we are part of the family of God. We have this family we meet with every Sunday, and we have an even larger family that has gone on before us; and we will be united with them very soon.

It will a great day when the eastern skies will roll back and the -

…Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

(1Thessalonians 4:16-17)

This day may be a day of pain, sorrow, tragedy and loss, but -

We have confidence in knowing that there is a better day coming.

The cares of this world will vanish in but a twinkling of an eye.

We have Christ to thank for this promise of the eternal hope.

This morning, I want us to consider who we are, and where we would be if it were not for being justified by our faith in Christ.

Text: Romans 3:21 thru 26

Prayer:

We may find ourselves happy with where we are with the Lord. We may even become confident in ourselves. We look around at our friends and relatives and we see how they are not living for the Lord. Sometimes this can cause us to be discouraged, while other times we may think we have made something of ourselves.

Ha! The Word of God is adamant about the condition of our own righteousness. Let me introduce you to some cold hard facts about our righteousness (that is, where we would be without the righteousness of Christ).

I have mentioned before how confrontational the Book of Romans is. Perhaps one of the most challenging scriptures from the Bible is found here in our text.

For the saint of God that will read, understand and accept the Truth of this chapter, he or she will find a greater dependency on Christ being the Master of their lives.

These words are coarse, especially when we read things like what we find in verse 4. “Let God be true. And every man a liar.”

Tough words for many of us, but God’s Word is without error.

The fact of the matter is life is fragile. It is here today and yet it may be gone tomorrow. The things of this life are temporary.

1 Peter 1:24-25

24 …"All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away,

25 But the word of the Lord endures forever."

We are helpless and insignificant without the Lord and His righteousness. Sure we can try hard to make ourselves a better person, but without God we will surely fail.

Only the Word of the Lord will prevail. God has tried to get man to rely only on Him throughout history.

King Solomon was a man that understood God and His wisdom. He spoke these words to us in the Book of Ecclesiastes 7:23,

All this I have proved by wisdom. I said, "I will be wise"; but it was far from me.

Do you think you can make it on your own?

Are you tough enough, or wise enough, or smart enough?

I am a man of God who has studied the Word, and taught the Word, and (for the most part) has lived the Word of God. But this day I know that I am inept and insignificant without Christ.


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