Sunday’s sermon attempted to answer one of the (if not the) most important questions a human can ever ask and a Christian can ever understand: how can man, who by nature is sinful (Romans 3:10), the enemy of God (Romans 5:10), condemned (John 3:18) and living under God’s wrath (John 3:36), be justified with God?
To be justified means to be made righteous, acquitted and cleared from every accusation, and God has provided and offered to man a method whereby He is able to look upon him as if he had never sinned at all.
Saved by Works
The majority of people, and every religion other than Christianity, believe that God will accept those who are “good enough” or “do the best they can” or work to achieve ascending levels of spiritual success. Think along with these Scriptures to draw out three reasons that salvation cannot be by works. (Note: if you are a Christian you should dig in on these verses in order to be ready to speak truth in love to your friends, family, and other evangelism contacts.)
Saved by Faith
Christianity invites any type of person with any type of background to stop trying to earn God’s favor or spiritual peace, and instead to freely and humbly receive by faith what Jesus Christ has earned through His life, death, and resurrection. God’s rescue plan of salvation generously offers the needed forgiveness, peace, and goodness through the good work of Jesus as our substitute. Think along with these Scripture to explore and celebrate the meaning of justification by faith.
How are we actually justified? What happens to our sin?
How is salvation offered in these verses?
What are the results of being justified?