#356 January 8, 1984 PM
JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH
I thought we never would get justified this morning. Had a rough meal today.
My wife was kind. Older son Ed and Lisa and his wife was kind. But my son
Ben, who's home from Baylor, he was kind of tough on me. Glad you came back.
You think we can get thro.ugh Romans 8 tonight without any problem? You
think they'd have any ... Open your Bibles. Romans, Chapter Number 3. We're
looking at Verse 21 through Verse 31, because I have said this is perhaps the
most important section in the entire canon of God's word. Everything we
have said in Romans up to this point reaches the pinnacle. Everything we'll
deal with in Romans goes down from the pinnacle. And it all centers around
this basic teaching on justification. It says we are justified by faith.
Justification by faith. And we define justification. It is not just as if
you have never sinned. But justification is God declaring you are righteous
while you are still in a sinning state.
And then we talked about, through an outline fom, this passage, 21 through
31, of Romans 3, about the nature of justification. In other words, "what
is it?" Verse 21 through Verse 24. The purpose of justification: Verse 24
and 25. And we aren't there yet, and we're not going to get there tonight,
incidentally. And then we talked about the result of justification, Verse 27
throlugh Verse 31.
Now, let's review just for a moment beginning with Verse 21. Paul says,
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is
manifested, @eing witnessed by those two witnesses, the
law and the prophets; 22 Ev ...
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