Summary: This is a sermon on Romans 1:17 showing how we are justified by faith apart from our works.
We still live as moral of a life as possible.
Ro 3:8 Paul was accused of Antinominaism – Let us do evil....
iii) LEGAL TERMS : We are released from the PUNISHMENT of sin due to the LAW.
The requirements of the law are not set aside but fulfilled.
Rom 10:4 (NAS) For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
God doesn’t declare us innocent, He declares us Just.
2nd implication of just. – RESTORATION TO FAVOR
Illust. - the X-convict :
1) has a stigma
2) can’t find work
3) want causes him to commit crime
4) old charges are evidence of bad character, increase penalty.
God forgives us and restores us to His favor.
Justification is more than forgiveness, it is restoration to favor.
3rd implication of just. – THE IMPUTATION OF CHRIST’S RIGHTOUSNESS
Imputation is to charge to one’s account.
David spoke of imputation in :
Psa 32:2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity.
In the N.T. We find double imputation :
1) Our sin is imputed to Christ.
2) His righteousness is imputed to us.
2 COR 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
II) SHALL LIVE
A) HOW CAN A MAN FIND LIFE BEFORE GOD ?
What did Paul mean by "live".
Greek - Zao Strong’s Number: 2198
The commentary on the whole Bible says "to live" means to stand accepted before God.
There is nothing worse than to find out that the One who loves you deeply (i.e. God) is now somehow dissatisfied with you or you are somehow unacceptable to Him.
Now there is something you must DO to get back in His love & acceptance.
This is not spiritual "life" that Paul speaks about.
You are accepted in Him based on Christ’s finished work.
There is nothing you can do to stop Him from loving and accepting you.
Man has always searched for a way to be accepted by God.
By the Mosaic Law
Nobody was ever saved by the Law.
It can’t save – it only shows us our need for a savior.
By Good works
Problem : How do you know when you have done enough ?
If by works then not grace – you have no need of Christ.
Man always wants to say that he had something to do with it.
We stand accepted by God based on CHRIST ALONE.
III) BY FAITH
A) DOES FAITH JUSTIFY COMPLETELY AND FINALY ?
Do we need to continue to work to be justified ?
Rom 5:1 (NAS) Therefore having been (past tense) justified by faith, we have (present, continuous) peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
You don’t need to work to stay justified.
e.g. Ticket, you pay the judge.
1 mo. - "I feel guilty, I want to pay again"
There must be something I can do.
Judge – "the fine is paid – go home.
1 mo. - see the judge again.
The price has been paid, we have been justified by faith.
Late Dr. Martin on Romans :
We have been saved from the penalty of sin, (justification)
We are being saved from the power of sin, (sanctification)
We will be saved from the very presence of sin (glorification).
The Just – we are justified based on Christ’s finished work alone.
Shall live – we are accepted by God based on Christ’s finished work.
By faith – not based on anything we can do.