The Law of Justification
ILLUS: If you are here tonight as a Christian, you are the most blessed person on the planet. You have been pardoned by God and justified by His grace. Your freedom and mine were purchased by the blood of His dear Son, Jesus Christ. No one--no one, can ever point a finger at you and say, "guilty!" We are justified from our sins. As someone has said, "It is just as if we have never sinned."
Maria Feodormena, wife of Alexander III of Russia, once saw a note signed by her husband, condemning a man. The note read as follows: "Pardon impossible, to be sent to Siberia."
Maria transposed the comma so that it read: "Pardon, impossible to be sent to Siberia." That man was set free.1
Aren't you glad you have been set free?
As we consider our message this evening, "The Law of Justification," allow me to have you consider with me three points:
I. OUR CONDITION BEFORE GOD
A. We are Sinners by Birth (vs.12)
1. When you and I were born into this life, we were born as sinners. Psalm 51:5 states: "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me." When a child is born, we say, "Oh, how sweet and how innocent." In a certain way, that is true. Babies are innocent in the sense that they have not yet experienced what it is like for their sin nature to take over and lead them in the path of sin; however, it will happen soon enough. The Bible says, "For the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth..." (Genesis 8:21). Psalm 58:3 declares, "The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies."
2. There are two things we need to understand. The first is that God is righteous and holy. The second is that we are not. It follows then, that if God is righteous and we are not, there can be there no fellowship between us. II Cor. 6:14 states: "For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?"
B. We are Sinners ...
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