Jesus speaks in His Sermon on the Mount regarding the character of those in His kingdom. His people are to be those who hunger and thirst for a fully-orbed righteousness. They are to thirst fo the declarative righteousness that is theirs through their union with our perfectly just Christ, as well as to hunger for a genuine, ethical righteousness in our practical living.
Justification is God’s act of declaring a sinner to be righteous on the basis of the work of Jesus Christ reckoned to us. This sermon interacts with the Roman Catholic church’s position on justification, and provides us with several practical reasons why justification by faith alone is crucially related to our Christian walk.
Church unity has a trinitarian foundation, is built upon a doctrinal foundation of justification by grace through faith alone, and is motivated by love.
When Peter instructs believers to make our calling and election sure, he is not giving us the responsibility of “signing off” on God’s sovereign work of redemption. God knows with absolute certainty who is saved and who is not because it is His work. Therefore, Peter’s focus here is our assurance of our salvation. We verify our salvation for ourselves by examining ourselves to make sure we are producing biblical fruit. In doing this, we keep ourselves from stumbling and prepare ourselves for the glory of heaven.
In this first sermon on Second Peter, we take the Apostle Peter’s greeting as an occasion to explore the Measure, Means, and Marks of God’s grace. It is humbling to consider that everything necessary to please God must come from outside ourselves, yet it is also exhilarating to see that God has granted us EVERYTHING pertaining to life and godliness. As a result, we are to be a people constantly growing in the knowledge of our Savior and trusting in His precious and magnificent promises.
In this final sermon on the book of Romans, Pastor Shawn summarizes the entire book in one sermon, providing both reflections on the significance of the doctrine of salvation as well as practical application of the dominant themes.
There is a right way to seek righteousness and a wrong way to seek righteousness. Unfortunately, the largest portion of Israel chose the wrong way. They misconstrued the purpose of the law and sought to justify themselves before God on the basis of works. In response, God hardened their hearts and made them fit for destruction. Yet, the calling of God is irrevocable, and according to His sovereign purpose, those who were chosen by Him did receive the gift of righteousness.
With the beginning of Romans 10, Paul is continuing to use the spiritual plight of his own people as the reference point for explaining that God’s sovereign purpose of redemption includes all the peoples of the world. As Paul again expresses his personal burden for Israel, he helps us to understand the proper heart toward the lost and the ignorant zeal of works righteousness, but his focus is verse 4 where he reminds us that true righteousness is a gift of God through Christ our Lord.
Christ speaks in a parable here in order to reveal more truth regarding the coming of His new covenant, and how that new covenant is far better than the covenant of works that came before. The new wine of the gospel can only be placed within the new covenant, it cannot simply be tacked onto the old covenant in one’s attempt to justify themselves by their works.
After the amazing pronouncement that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Paul continues in these next three verses to explain the foundation and the result of that truth. As we explore his words, we see that our justification is the necessary ground of our sanctification, and that the only sin we are capable of conquering is one that has been forgiven in Christ.