The Cross and Resurrection Makes Possible Justification
Galatians 2:16, 20
March 22 & 23, 2008
INTRODUCTION: The question should be asked, "What makes Easter week a holy week?" What is the big deal, if any, about Good Friday and Easter Sunday? Both Good Friday and Easter Sunday are magnified in one verse of the Bible
Romans 4:25, "who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification."
"delivered up" – speaks of his crucifixion
"was raised" – the resurrection provided proof that God had accepted the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ and validated His suffering and that He would be able to be just and yet justify the ungodly.
The Message of Easter is a message of grace. It is simply believing what the Bible says about Jesus Christ. That message being that salvation comes by faith in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. It is not:
Culture or Ordinances
Deeds or Charity
It is coming as a poor lost sinner, bankrupt and helpless, and trusting Jesus Christ to save you by His grace.
Man would like to have just some little part in his own salvation, but God says No!
Romans 4:5, "But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness"
The message of Jesus Christ, in the context of Easter, is the fact that anyone and everyone must end their attempt to earn God's favor through personal merit.
Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast."
If salvation was on the basis of one's own effort, God would owe salvation as a debt; but it is a gift to received, not a debt to be paid.
I. JUSTIFICATION DEFINED.
At the cross on Good Friday, wrath was taken away and
justification was now a reality.
Justification is the act of God whereby He ...
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