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Justification (2 of 3)
Series: Simple Gospel
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it - 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
This is God’s Word.
As we begin this journey together, I thought it would be appropriate to just take a look at the Simple Gospel. What does that mean? When I was here for the question and answer, I was asked, ‘‘When you say ‘Gospel,’ what do you mean by that?’’ and I think that is a great question…
Throughout the History of the church the Gospel has meant different things to different people, and the great struggle of any preacher or church is to present the Gospel clearly and with conviction.
So my hope for the next three weeks is to be very clear as to the kind of big Gospel terms or ideas that are so essential in understanding the Gospel, and my hope is that we as a church would walk away from these three sermons with a deeper understanding of the Gospel and a more common understanding of the Gospel.
This week we are going to begin with a very essential word or idea, and that is th ...
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