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!