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Faith Alone: Romans 3v27-4v8
Speaker Jonny Grant, on May 28, 2017
Part of the Glorious Salvation series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Faith Alone: Romans 3v27-4v8
Saved by Faith
‘I hated that word ‘justice of God’ that justice by which God is just and by which he punishes sinners and the unjust...I did not love, no, rather I hated the just God who punishes sinners. In silence, if I did not blaspheme, then certainly I grumbled vehemently and got angry at God.’ Martin Luther
‘Christ is full of grace, life, and salvation. The soul is full of sins, death and damnation. Now let faith come between them and sins, death and damnation will be Christ’s, while grace, life and salvation will be the souls’ Martin Luther
Justified by Faith
- Declared Righteous
‘It’s the exact opposite of condemnation. To condemn is to declare someone guilty, to justify is to declare them righteous. In the bible it refers to God’s act of unmerited favour by which God puts a sinner right with himself, not only acquitting him, but accepting and treating him as righteous.’ John Stott
‘There is a righteousness God imputes to us apart from works – in other words it is
passive righteousness. So then, have we nothing to do to obtain this righteousness? No, nothing at all! For this righteousness comes by doing nothing, hearing nothing, knowing nothing, but rather in knowing and believing this only – that Christ has gone to the right hand of the Father, not to become our judge, but to become for us our righteousness, our salvation!’ Martin Luther
- Faith in Jesus
‘Although I still sin, I don’t despair, because Christ lives, who is both my righteousness and my eternal life. In that righteousness I have no sin, no fear, no guilty conscience, no fear of death. I am indeed a sinner in this life of mine and in my own righteousness, but I have another life, another righteousness above this life, which is Christ, the Son of God.’
- Gift of God
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Romans 3:27–4:8 (Listen)
27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
4:1 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:
7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”
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