Justification – Part I

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Sermon Notes

Psalm 22:22
I will tell of Your name to my brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.

Psalm 100:5
For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.

Romans 3:19-26
Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

  1. The act of justifying; a showing (not a making or infusing) of one to be just or righteous or conformable to the entirety of God’s holy moral law.
  2. The showing of sufficiently compelling and persuasive reasons, in a court of law, why a defendant is not guilty of what he is charged by the law to be responsible and accountable for.
  3. A legal act of God’s free grace by which God declares before God the person as righteous, on account of the perfect moral life of love and active and passive obedience of Christ and His representative (for the person) and substitutional (instead of the person) atoning work of Jesus Christ’s suffering, crucifixion, bearing of God’s just wrath and bodily death.