Sermons on Justification
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Do we earn our salvation by our acts of mercy? Is the change brought about in us by our justification going to one day be examined to see if we are truly saved and inheritors of eternal life?
Galatians 3:6-9. Paul moves on in his defense of justification by faith alone to an example from the scriptures, the ultimate example of Abraham himself. The Jews believed that in order to be a child of God, one must first become a child of Abraham, and that required circumcision. Paul shows this to be in error and a wrong understanding of scripture by examining Abraham’s life.
Galatians 3:1-5 Paul turns in this letter to bring correction to the believers in the churches in the Galatian region for drifting into believing a message of error. They have been bewitched by a false gospel, and have fallen for its lies about ho a man is saved. Paul points to their own experience as his first line of defense in defending the gospel that he set before them in chapter 2, a gospel of justification by faith apart from…
Galatians 2:17-20 Paul gives an explanation of how a man is justified by faith in Jesus Christ. We are according to Paul, through the law dead to the law. We are crucified with Christ! So what is this crucified life?
Galatians 2:16 How can a man be right before the Lord? Paul rebukes Peter for falling back into thinking that adherence to the ceremonial law somehow justifies him before the Lord, and in one of the clearest statements in the New Testament, Paul stresses that justification is not in any way by works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.
Luke 18:15-17 People bring their children to Jesus to have Him bless them, and Jesus uses this to continue teach on the topic of who enters the kingdom of God.
Luke 16:14-18 The Pharisees listening to Jesus teaching on a godly attitude toward money, ridicule Him, and Luke tells us it is because these men are lovers of money, who seek to justify themselves before God and men.
If we want to tell those around about the gospel, we need first know the gospel ourselves. What is the Gospel? Why do we need the gospel? Why should we proclaim the Gospel?
Luke 9:46-50. Pride is seen by our world as a virtue, but God sees pride very different. Greatness is found in humility, in serving, and laying aside self.
Luke 7:36-50. Jesus, invited to a meal with Simon the Pharisee tells a parable of a moneylender and two debtors. Which one loves the moneylender more? Obviously the one forgiven the most. Jesus relays this story to the situation at that meal. A woman came with much love for Jesus because of the forgiveness she had received.