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Summary: The Power of Grace

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Date Written: February 18, 2012

Date Preached: February 19, 2012

Where Preached: OPBC (AM)

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Series Title: A Journey thru Romans

Sermon Title: So We Are Justified – Why?

Sermon Text: Romans 5:12-21 [ESV]

Introduction:

Over the past two weeks I have camped out on the biblical reality of what Jesus Christ has done for YOU… what He has done for me… Jesus came to die for our sin so that we could receive justification from a holy and just God.

Jesus came and died on the cross to provide for our justification and because of what Jesus has done, we have the opportunity to KNOW God… to stand in God’s presence forgiven, and justified! God has declared those who have faith in Christ to be NOT GUILTY!

But here is something you may not have ever thought about… When Jesus died for our sin, and when God forgives our sin… this is NOT where it ends! You see if God merely forgave our sins, we would be no better off than the children of Israel who wandered the wilderness for many years and were required to bring an offering every year… their offering was for forgiveness of sin… their sin was forgiven, but it was done by way of animal sacrifice.

This is why Jesus came… you see Jesus came to be the perfect and MOST holy sacrifice that would only have to be done ONE TIME… In Hebrews 7:27 Scripture tells us that Christ died ONCE for ALL!

27He [Jesus] has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since He did this ONCE FOR ALL when He offered up Himself…

The children of Israel had to sacrifice constantly for the forgiveness of their sin, bringing offering after offering… but what that never did for them was provide justification! They were NEVER justified or declared NOT GUILTY as we are in Christ Jesus…

When God reaches down and justifies us through our faith in Jesus Christ, He first forgives our sin, which only brings us to a state of spiritual neutrality before God… this is where the children of Israel would be after sacrificing… soon to fall back into the condemnation of their sin.

But when we are justified by God… our sins are forgiven, and then God infuses our soul with the righteousness of Christ. We are clothed in the righteousness of Christ… this is how we can stand blameless and NOT GUILTY before God, because we are clothed with the righteousness of Christ through what He did on the Cross…

So we don’t stand before God spiritually neutral, but we stand HOLY and SANCTIFIED through the blood of Jesus Christ! This is what happens when we receive Jesus as our Savior!

So you have learned THAT justification comes to us only thru what Christ has done on the Cross and you have heard about the benefits and blessings of this justification…

- You have peace with God

- You have a future Hope in Glory (eternal life in Heaven to look forward to)

- You have a joy, in Christ Jesus that carries you thru the tough times


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