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Two Ways to Go to Heaven (6 of 16)
I have thoroughly enjoyed our journey through Galatians. I know I'm the one preaching so that's easy for me to say. But I hope you've enjoyed it too. I have never preached through this book so it's been a delight to study, learn and grow as I dive down deep into the text.
Our series is called, Justified. That's a central theme of the book of Galatians and the centerpiece of Christianity. We are made right with God based upon Christ's death upon the cross and His payment for our sin, not based upon our righteousness or religious activity.
J.I. Packer says, ''To 'justify' in the Bible means…to declare…of a man that is on trial, that he is not liable to any penalty, but is entitled to all the privileges due to those who have kept the law. Justifying is the act of a judge pronouncing the opposite sentence to condemnation-that of acquittal and legal immunity.'' READ TEXT
Tonight, from Galatians 3:1-14, I want to talk about the subject, Two Ways to Go To Heaven. Did you know that there are two ways to go to Heaven? I bet you didn't know that. You've always heard that there was one way to go to heaven. You learned that very early on, even in your nursery days, that there was only one way to go to Heaven. You learned that Jesus is the only way.
You've heard me preach here, multiple times, that there is only one way to Heaven. And now, tonight, you hear a sermon entitled, Two Ways to Go to Heaven. Before you remove me from the stage and make me clean out my office, let me explain.
Did you know that the Old Testament literally teaches that you can be saved by the law? It is potentially possible! It is potentially possible to be justified by the law if you keep all of the law completely. To make this point, Paul quotes from the book of Leviticus in verse 12. ''You shall therefore keep My statues and My judgments which if a man does, he shall live by th ...
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