Summary: Part of the Romans series dealing with our transfer from the line of Adam into the line of Jesus Christ
Chico Alliance Church
September 30, 2001
Pastor David Welch
“The Great Transfer”
The world has all of a sudden awakened to the need for a standard of right and wrong.
We have become aware of our need for God’s supernatural intervention in the affairs of men. Who determines what is righteous? To the Moslem extremist, their actions were an act of God and compatible with righteousness. Righteousness is a word that describes the character of one who conforms to a standard. Only God’s standard will count in eternity. There must be a return to both hear and heed his standard. True righteousness can only be found in God and his written word. We can only realize such righteousness through divine intervention and imputation by God. Paul wrote to the Roman people to enlighten them regarding true righteousness. He was convinced that the Gospel was the power of God for salvation to every one who believed in Jesus for in this gospel story God revels his both His righteousness and wrath.
So far we have tracked Paul’s argument up to chapter 5. After introducing his theme of righteousness in chapter one, Paul demonstrates the total inadequacy and inability of all men to measure up to God’s standard thus incurring the just penalty for rebellion – death.
Paul made it clear that no one, not even one person has ever or ever will live a life or righteousness necessary to relate to the Holy God. In light of such a dismal condition, Paul announces a most wonderful gift of God to all those who will embrace Christ. God promises to justify every sinner who comes to Him in faith. Biblical Justification goes beyond a declaration of innocence. Justification credits perfect character, namely the character of Jesus to every believer.
In the first 11 verses of chapter 5, Paul reviews some of the marvelous implications of justification.
Having been justified through faith in Christ…
Having had our moral account purged of our inadequate attempts to live up to God’s absolute standard and replaced with Christ’s perfect, eternal conformity to God’s standard...
We can enjoy peace with God
We can exult in hope of reflecting the glory of God in the future.
We can exult in present tribulations that produce future character
Our justification guarantees salvation or rescue from the coming wrath
Our justification guarantees your complete salvation or rescue to eternal life
We can exult in God through whom we have received the reconciliation
Notice the panoramic view from past to future!
We were justified at the moment of belief based on the once for all sacrifice of Jesus in the past, we are now reconciled, we now have peace, we can now exult in future hope of glory, we can now exult in tribulation knowing that we are in process toward that future hope of the glorious likeness of Christ, we will be saved from God’s future wrath, we will be experience our full salvation in spirit and soul as well as our body, we now exult in God through whom we experience present reconciliation with the God of the universe.