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Short selling the righteousness of Christ

While studying through Romans chapter 3 in our Sunday morning sermon yesterday, Pastor Pat reminds us what justification is and is not. I think many of us who have been a teacher or learner through any evangelical church has heard the phrase definition offered for the justification believers receive at salvation. The phrase I am referring to is justification = just as if I had never sinned. But when we provide this definition we are in fact selling short, and I mean way short, the righteousness of Christ in our justification. You see, when we are saved by God’s grace, we are declared righteous by God. The only way a righteous and just God can declare the sinner righteous is by imputing the righteousness of Christ on the sinner. In other words, the sinless and righteous life Christ lived for us on this earth was imputed, or attached to the sinner when by God’s grace he believes. That, my friend, is the only justification that satisfies a righteous God. So when we say that justification means that it’s as if we hadn’t sinned, that only gives us a clean slate and short sells the righteousness of Jesus Christ. But when we look at the correct meaning for righteous justification we again are focused on Christ and his righteousness and what he accomplished on the cross. Amen?

Soli Deo Gloria!

Divine Righteousness and the Cross (Romans 3:21-31)

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John MacArthur on “Why I Love The Church”

John MacArthur has written a series of articles called “Why I Love the Church” at Pulpit Magazine online. The four part series (including today’s conclusion) focuses on Christ’s church as it is defined and spoken of in scripture. MacArthur provides some great insight for all of us to consider regarding the Church. From pointing out the careless approach to the Church that many in the evangelical world have taken, to what the Church’s role is on the earth and how this role differs from the idol created by the RCC. Christ is the chief cornerstone as mentioned in Ephesians 2:19-22. He is the head and must be the one we serve. The link is in the text above. It will take you to Part 1 of the series. Once you are on the page just find the additional links to the series in the upper right column of the Pulpit Magazine page. 

 

Locking arms (and hammers) in ministry

This weekend (June 29th and 30th) I will be joining several bible & toolsmen from OBC heading down to southeastern Nebraska as part of a prison ministry opportunity. The family in need are parents of a prisoner we have been in contact through the Omaha Correctional Center. The father of this prisoner recently had a stroke and is unable to do the repair work needed for his home bathroom. They are also in need of a shower instead of their current tub because of his lack of mobility.

Praise the Lord for he has assembled a team of skilled workers and go-fers like myself to do His work. The Lord willing this weekend we will be replacing the rotten flooring, leaking plumbing, and their tub with a shower stall assembly. We will basically be remodeling their bathroom. The team will be heading down on Friday afternoon to re-examine the plumbing needs and do some cleaning of the basement. Beginning bright and early Saturday morning we will be doing everything necessary to rebuild the bathroom for this family.

I thank God for the leadership of OBC who provide the way for those who desire to serve Christ in ministry. Serving Christ should be the desire of every believer in Jesus Christ and OBC is obedient to the Lord’s calling for believers to disciple others. If you would like to participate in this ministry endeavor or any future prison ministry opportunities please contact me through this blog site or via my email which I will leave at the bottom of this posting. There is definitely a place for you.

barrydean4ut@hotmail.com

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2007 in faith in Christ, Prison Ministry, serving