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JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH (2 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me,
please, to Roman; 3 verse 24, and we are studying
today the TREMENDOUS TRUTH OF JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH.
Romans 3:24 says, "Being justified freely by God's
grace, through the redemption which is in Christ
Jesus." Every person can be justified freely by God's
We found out that the Greek word for Justification,
dikaao, means "to DE CLARE righteous, to TREAT as
righteous, to DEEM righteous." Never does it mean, "to
We found out that a sinner, when he comes to God, must
come as unrighteous, as ungodly, as he is. He must
simply come to God WITH NOTHING.
We found out that salvation is not by works (Romans
4:5), but it is to him that worketh not but simply
Justification and Salvation are not by works, but BY
BELIEVING. Let's remember that. We find that the
meaning, all the way through the Word of God.
The next thing we find is that the noun that comes
from dikaao, ending is ma, means "the DECLARATION that
a thing or person is RIGHTEOUS." We have that in
Romans 5:16-18. "And not as it was by one that sinned,
so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to
condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences
unto justification." The DECLARATION that a thing or
person is RIGHTEOUS. So, it's a free gift, this
salvation! Even though we have had many offences, yet
God declares that we are RIGHTEOUS.
Then we have the word dikaiosis. The ending, sis,
properly in Greek means that it denotes "the act or
process of PRONOUNCING RIGHTEOUS." And, in the case of
a sinner, "the ACT OF ACQUITTAL," GOD acquitting us
completely from all GUILT.
Not long ago in Detroit the newspaper flashed these
words: DR. SMALL ACQUITTED. Dr. Small was a dentist.
His wife went to Miami, Florida, and there was a
playboy down there from New York City, and they began
to carry on an ...
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