The Man, the Mess and the Miracle by Fred Lowery

The Man, the Mess and the Miracle
Dr. Fred Lowery
Romans 3:19-24; Psalm 38:11; 2 Kings 5:1-16; 1 John 5:13
June 8, 2008

Today we're going to talk about seven dunks in a muddy pond, or a loving God and a proud man but a great story. You know some of the smallest words pack the biggest punch. The most powerful, the most beneficial, think about hope and faith and love and joy, give. Little words that make the big difference. Faith may be the biggest little word in the entire Bible. You talk about faith forever and still not exhaust all that is found in that word. In Romans 3 you find a great passage that describes what faith is all about and how we become righteous enough to go to heaven. Beginning with verse 19 it says now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. So the law stops up our mouths and every person has to say oh, I've broken that law, I've broken that law, I've broken that law, I've broken that law. I'm guilty. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law. Why? Because nobody can keep the law. Rather through the law we've become conscious, aware of our sin, but there's one of those little words that makes a big difference. But, now righteousness from God apart from the law has been made known to which the law and the prophets testify. This righteousness comes from God, comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified, saved, freely by his grace, unmerited favor through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Now that passage goes on to say where is boasting then. Can we boast that by keeping the law we're saved, no we can't keep the law. Can we boast by living a moral life? No the Bible says there is no man good. Read that in the book of the Romans, no one good. No man. Baptize, ...

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