Monthly Archives: September 2010

Reading You Your Rights

Dear Reader,
This entry is quite long, but really worth reading and thinking about. I believe that the doctrine of Justification cannot be over-emphasized and when understood correctly, frees the recipient to live a life of joyful obedience before God. Also, these notes really do not do justice to Pastor Milton’s sermon. As soon as it is available on the CFBC website, I plan to listen to it again! File this this message under: “Life Changing Sermons”.

By His Grace and for the Gospel,

Sermon notes – Pastor Milton Vincent – September 19, 2010

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 
  – Romans 5:1-2

Six Rights that God gives to you now that you are  justified by God in Christ:

1.  You have the right to make a big deal about justification.
–  Justification is one of the first things Paul wants to talk about in his letter to the Romans. (See Rom. 1:17; righteousness=justification).
–  Paul takes 50+ verses to talk about Justification (Rom. 3:21 – 5:21).
–  If you remove Justification by faith, the church would die.
–  If you get the doctrine of Justification wrong, you get everything wrong.
–  Be a student of Justification. Make a big deal of it. Learn all you can about it.

2.  You have the right to rejoice in your Justification.
–  We exult (Rom. 5:2, 3, 11). All present tense. We continually exult (rejoice).
–  Take the time to gaze at Justification. Celebrate it.
–  If you exult in and gaze at Justification, you will catch yourself being sanctified.

“When we feed on, remember, and live in accordance with our justification, it mortifies our idols and fills us with an inner joy and desire to please and resemble our Lord through obedience.”   -Tim Keller

3.  You have the right to believe that Justification is yours since you have believed in Jesus.
–  Justification is an instantaneous, legal act of God in which He:
      a.  decides to forever think of our sins as forgiven and Christ’s righteousness as belonging to us AND
      b.  declares us to be righteous in His sight
–  Justification is largely in the mind of God and how He looks at us. Our sins are gone and He sees Christ’s righteousness as our own!
–  God binds Himself to this decree of Justification. He says (as it were), “I will never allow anything into your life or to come between us that is not governed by Justification.
–  We will never be able to self-generate Justification (i.e. good works).

How do we get Justification?
Justification is found in Christ (Rom. 3:24).
Justification is bought by Christ’s blood (Rom. 5:9 – costly!).
Justification is proved by His resurrection (Rom. 4:25).
Justification is acquired by faith (Rom. 5:1; 3:21, 22; 4:5).

4.  You have the right to enjoy peace with God as a result of your Justification.
–  See Rom. 5:1
–  With Justification comes peace and friendship with God.

5.  You have the right to believe you are under God’s Gracious favor at all times because of your Justification.
–  We can come into God’s presence (God, the KING and JUDGE of the universe!) through the entry point of Justification, but we never have to leave! (Rom. 5:2)
–  We get to live forever in God’s presence because of our Justification.
–  As a Justified one, you are always under God’s gracious favor.
–  God’s Grace is not only undeserved, but ill-deserved (meaning we deserve the opposite of His Grace and Justification).
–  Justification has NOTHING to do with our performance.
–  We cannot affect our Justified status by our performance, it is ALL GRACE!
–  We are under God’s favor all day, every day.
–  Jesus did it. He maintains it, completely and totally. Our job is to live and celebrate in our Justification.
–  Even on our best days we do not deserve our Justification. Even when we sin, our Justification remains intact. When we do sin, God favors us so much that He chastises and disciplines us. He only disciplines those he favors and loves (Heb. 12).

The doctrine of Justification rightly presented poses this question: “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?” (Rom. 6:1) The answer is: “By no means!” (Rom. 6:2) If we really understand, celebrate and believe the doctrine of Justification, it will make us run from sin and want to love and obey God.

6.  You have the right to exult in the hope of the Glory of God because of your Justification.
–  (See Rom. 5:2)
–  In Justification, we are caught up in exulting in God’s Glory as revealed in:
      a. creation (The heavens declare the glory of God…Psalm 19)
      b. the Gospel (2 Cor. 4)
      c. Christ’s coming (Mark 13:20)
      d. Our glorification (Col 3:4; Rom. 8:30). We will fully realize God’s plan for us.

Praise God for His gift of Justification! Amen!

Words of Encouragement

Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore, encourage one another with these words.                         I Thessalonians 4:17-18

The Lord Jesus is coming soon. Surely, that should encourage all believers. We are to live our lives with that blessed hope close to our hearts and foremost in our minds. However, the words that really lift and fortify my soul are these:

…and so we will always be with the Lord.

The waiting will be over. We will see Him face to face; our hope and expectation turned to joyous exultation. But amazingly enough, there’s more! On that day, our faith comes to its full fruition, and we will never turn back. Our futures are bright because we will live throughout eternity in the light of His Glory and Grace. We will be with Him, always. The story of our lives culminates in the ultimate “and they lived happily ever after.”

Dear believer, look upward, the lover of your soul draws near. Be encouraged.

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

A Gospel Feast

Sermon Notes – Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church – August 29, 2010
Pastor Milton Vincent

The Gospel in a nutshell is the Good News of Salvation for hell-deserving sinners through the person and work of Jesus Christ.

In the Gospel, we are forgiven, justified, made a child of God, become recipients of the Holy Spirit, are privileged to pray, loved by Jesus daily, filled with exceeding power, have fellowship with the saints, and have an inheritance in Heaven. The list of what is ours in the Gospel can go on and on. The Gospel is BIG.

…like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.   I Peter 2:2-5


1. Progressive growth into Salvation
If you feast on the Gospel, you will grow.
–  Increase in every way, size, stature, strength, ability, agility, wisdom (spiritual)
–  In this way, you will become a force to be reckoned with to the enemy, strong, not weak. Peter says, resist the devil and he will flee from you.
–  You get strong by Gospel feasting.

2. Continuous transformation
–  As you continually (present tense) come to Him as a living stone, daily and progressively, you are being edified (built up), a fitted stone for a certain purpose
–  The word edify literally means to build a house. From nothing to something, from something natural and raw to something fitted, prepared, useful. Edify includes the idea of transformation. For example in Genesis 2:22, the Lord edified Adam’s rib into a woman.

3. Likeness to Christ
–  “you also as living stones”… like Jesus, fitted, prepared and shaped for God’s purpose
–  So that others can partake of the living waters that flow from us, nourishing others in Christ

4. Radical community with like-minded lovers of Christ
–  Being built into a spiritual house
–  A community characterized by:
          the Spirit moving and glorifying Jesus
          service (a holy priesthood, serving and representing God before people)
          worship (not just singing songs) but in actions, acts of service

May God help us to feast freely on what we have in the Gospel!



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