SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

DECLARED RIGHTEOUS

by Stephen Whitney


Declared Righteous
Stephen Whitney
Romans 4:18-25


William Shakespeare is regarded as the world's greatest play writer. He began a successful career in London as an actor, writer and part-owner of a play company. His early plays were primarily comedies and histories. Later, he wrote mostly tragedies which
included: Hamlet, King Lear and Macbeth. He retired at the age
of 49 and returned to his home town 100 miles northwest of London where he died three years later.

In his last will and testament on March 25, 1616 he said,
''I commend my soul into the hands of God my Creator, hoping and assuredly believing, through the only merits of Jesus Christ
my Savior, to be made partaker of life everlasting.''

He believed that his sins could only be forgiven by God through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, not anything he could do.

The merits of Jesus are what he did for us to be forgiven:
1. He lived a perfect life in that he never sinned.
2. He perfectly kept the whole law of God.
3. He died as a perfect sacrifice
4. His death paid the penalty for our sin.
Salvation from our sins is through faith alone in Christ alone.

FAITH DEMONSTRATED :18-22
Believed God's Promise :18
The story is found in Genesis 15:1-6. When Abraham was 86 years old God promised he would greatly reward him. Abraham was distressed because he didn't have any children to whom he could pass on the reward. God promised him that his descendants would be as great as the stars in the heavens.

This was a remarkable promise to an 86 year-old man who had
a 76 year-old wife and they had no children. But he believed the promise of God to him and God accepted him as righteous. His faith in God's promise was rewarded by being given a righteous standing before God so he sins were not counted against him.
Excepted the Impossible :19
Over a period of 14 years God continued to reaffirm his promise of a child. By the time he was 100 years-old he knew for certain that without a mi ...

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