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Title: Principles of Christian Living


1
Principles of Christian Living
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Lesson 3
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Lesson TextRomans 320-23
Romans 320-23 20 Therefore by the deeds of the
law there shall no flesh be justified in his
sight for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21
But now the righteousness of God without the law
is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the
prophets
4
Lesson TextRomans 320-23
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by
faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them
that believe for there is no difference 23 For
all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
God
5
Lesson TextRomans 324-25
Romans 324-25 24 Being justified freely by his
grace through the redemption that is in Christ
Jesus 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a
propitiation through faith in his blood, to
declare his righteousness for the remission of
sins that are past, through the forbearance of
God.
6
Lesson TextGalatians 513-16
Galatians 513-16 13 For, brethren, ye have been
called unto liberty only use not liberty for an
occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one
another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one
word, even in this Thou shalt love thy neighbour
as thyself.
7
Lesson TextGalatians 513-16
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take
heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall
not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
8
Lesson TextGalatians 517-18
Galatians 517-18 17 For the flesh lusteth
against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the
flesh and these are contrary the one to the
other so that ye cannot do the things that ye
would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are
not under the law.
9
Focus VerseI Corinthians 611
I Corinthians 611 And such were some of you but
ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by
the Spirit of our God.
10
Focus Thought
God declares that the demands of His law have
been fulfilled in the righteousness of His Son to
those who choose His redemptive work.
11
I. Justification by Faith
CULTURE CONNECTION A Nation of Laws
Whether one lives in the US or in Canada, he
lives in a nation of lawsin fact, in a land
where laws and lawyers are proliferating at an
incredible and sometimes alarming rate. It is
good to have laws to guide and protect society,
but one does wonder if there can be too many laws.
12
I. Justification by Faith
In an article titled Arresting the Growth of
Criminal Law in Texas, Marc Levin, director of
the Center for Effective Justice wrote, Although
they cannot compete with their Washington
counterparts who have enacted more than 4,000
criminal laws, Texas lawmakers have created over
1,700 criminal offenses. These figures do not
include countless criminal offenses created by
cities and school districts. . . .
13
I. Justification by Faith
The traditional criminal offenses like murder,
rape, and theft are found in the Penal Code, but
the proliferation of criminal offenses now
extends to nearly every other body of state law
from the Agriculture Code to the Finance Code. .
. . While some of the conduct that is
criminalized may fall within the proper scope of
criminal law, many of these statutes concern
relatively innocuous individual and business
activities that would be better addressed through
incentives created by competitive markets or
civil penalties
14
I. Justification by Faith
Laws are a necessary part of civilized life, but
they are inadequate. The law only reveals
lawlessness it is powerless to create model
citizens. So it was with the Law of Moses it
only revealed mankinds sinfulness. Law brings
about the knowledge of sin, but only the work of
Jesus Christ in a persons life can bring about
the work of justification. Only His Holy Spirit
can write His laws within the human heart
(Jeremiah 3133 Ezekiel 3626-27).
15
I. Justification by Faith
Contemplating the Topic
The biblical teaching on justification by faith
is one of the most profound and spiritually
liberating truths we could ever hope to discover.
Yet many people, even those who are filled with
the Holy Spirit, sometimes struggle with this
truth because of certain misconceptions that
exist surrounding justification in relation to
the plan of salvation and works.
16
I. Justification by Faith
If we fail to understand these biblical doctrines
and how they work together, we may struggle
unnecessarily under a sense of condemnation that
belongs only to those who have never put their
faith in Jesus Christ. As we study the
Scriptures regarding these truths, it is vital to
avoid falling into the traps of two extreme
positions (1) easy believism, which views faith
in Jesus Christ as mere mental assent (2)
legalism, which relies on the performance of
works to earn or merit salvation.
17
I. Justification by Faith
Both extremes are unbiblical, misleading, and
dangerous. In order to avoid them, it is vital to
understand what constitutes genuine faith and
belief in Jesus Christ, how the plan of salvation
fits into the subject of justification, and also
what constitutes works. In understanding the
biblical teaching regarding justification by
faith, we will avoid embracing a legalistic
mindset, which would cause us to connect Gods
love for us with our performance.
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I. Justification by Faith
This is self-defeating, for we could never be
good enough to merit or earn the free gift of
salvation. Salvation comes to us because of Gods
love and grace, not because of our goodness. (See
John 316 Ephesians 28-9.) Salvation is
certainly a transforming, life-changing event.
However, it would be a mistake to think that
after we are saved, our justification now depends
on our success in measuring up to a standard
of perfection.
19
I. Justification by Faith
Scripture never connects justification with human
performance it always connects justification
with what God has done on our behalf. The
doctrine of justification is rooted in Abrahams
experience, who believed God, and it was counted
unto him for righteousness (Romans 43). New
Testament believers stand in solidarity with
Abrahamthe father of all who believein
justification. (See Romans 411-16.) The event in
view in Romans 43 is recorded in Genesis
155-6.
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Genesis 155-6
And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look
now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be
able to number them and he said unto him, So
shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD
and he counted it to him for righteousness
(Genesis 155-6).
21
I. Justification by Faith
At this point, Abrahams response to Gods
promise was minimal He believed in the Lord.
The word translated believed indicates that
Abraham trusted God to keep His promise. However,
to comprehend the biblical essence of
justification, it is vital to understand that
Abrahams genuine faith in God began in Genesis
121.
22
I. Justification by Faith
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out
of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from
thy fathers house, unto a land that I will shew
thee. . . . So Abram departed (Genesis 121-4).
God called Abraham and he departed. That he
departed from his homeland demonstrated that his
faith, or belief in God, was genuine. That his
faith in God was genuine was the basis of Gods
granting to Abraham justification and
righteousness.
23
I. Justification by Faith
The point is that the only requirement for
justification is genuine faith in God, and
genuine faith always results in obedience to
Gods commands. There are those who contend
that individuals are saved by faith alone, not
requiring anything further. However, that is
where the plan of salvation comes in.
24
I. Justification by Faith
Just as Abrahams genuine faith in God was
evident by his obedience when he departed from
his homeland, so our faith in Jesus Christ is
evident by our enthusiastic embracing of the
gospel through our obedience to His command to
repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus
Christ for the remission of sins. Further, God
fills us with the Holy Ghost with the initial
evidence of speaking in other tongues. (See Acts
238.)
25
I. Justification by Faith
James also contended that we are not justified
by faith that is alone, but also by obedience
that grows out from faith (James 223-24).
26
Genesis 121-4
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith,
Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him
for righteousness and he was called the Friend
of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is
justified, and not by faith only (James 223-24).
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I. Justification by Faith
James was pointing out that faith without works
is dead and that works actually validate the
genuineness of ones faith. (See James 217-26.)
This is why it is vital to understand the
relationship between justification, works, and
legalism. The justification of God for salvation
requires obedience, which demonstrates the
genuineness of ones faith.
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I. Justification by Faith
However, there is a difference in a person
obeying Gods commands for redemption and that
persons endeavoring to achieve salvation on the
basis of his own good works. The latter is what
many individuals often refer to as legalism. We
can do nothing to merit Gods grace and
salvation. On the other hand, to obey God through
repentance and water baptism in Jesus name is
not legalism it is the evidence of genuine
faith, and without it our faith is dead.
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I. Justification by Faith
Because Abraham genuinely trusted in the Lord,
which included his obedience of departing from
his homeland to seek a place of which he had no
knowledge, God imputed or accounted righteousness
to Him. This is the essence of biblical
justification, which is the only hope mankind has
for experiencing redemption from sins.
30
I. Justification by Faith
After a vivid description of the corrupt
lifestyles of those who will not inherit the
kingdom of God, Paul wrote, And such were some
of you but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified,
but ye are justified in the name of the Lord
Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God (I
Corinthians 611). We can rejoice that like
Abraham, the father of all who believe, God has
counted us righteous. (See Romans 416 Galatians
329.) We cannot earn this righteousness, or
right standing with God it is Gods free gift in
response to our obedient and genuine faith.
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I. Justification by Faith
SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES Justification by Faith
  1. The Law Brings the Knowledge of Sin

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no
flesh be justified in his sight for by the law
is the knowledge of sin (Romans 320).
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I. Justification by Faith
This statement reiterates a theme found
elsewhere in Scripture no one will be justified
before God by the works of the law of Moses. (See
Romans 328 45 Acts 1339 Galatians 216
321.) God did not give Israel the Law as a means
of salvation He gave it to define sin. (See
Romans 77.) The law did not create sin people
were sinners already. However, the law did define
the sins already found in human hearts.
33
Romans 321
But now the righteousness of God without the law
is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the
prophets (Romans 321).
34
I. Justification by Faith
Romans 321 is one of the many verses that
declare the New Covenant replaced the law of
Moses, terminating it as an active covenant.
Pauls revelation of this would have shocked
Jewish readers the idea that the righteousness
of God could exist apart from the Law was
incredible to them. Even more surprising would be
the idea that the Hebrew Scriptures themselves
foretold the coming of a time when this would be
true.
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I. Justification by Faith
However, the Old Testament did foretell the
coming of the New Covenant and the passing away
of the Old Covenant. This New Covenant would be
something apart from the Law. It would not merely
be a further development of the Law or another
form of the same covenant.
36
Romans 322
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith
of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that
believe for there is no difference (Romans
322).
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I. Justification by Faith
The term the righteousness of God, both here
and in Romans 321, has to do with Gods plan for
bringing people into right relationship with Him.
Under the New Covenant, people enter into a right
relationship with God on the basis of their
obedient faith in Jesus Christ. Whereas the law
focused on elaborate rituals, the New Covenant
focuses on a person Jesus Christ. This does not
mean that no one who lived in the era of the
law of Moses was justified.
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I. Justification by Faith
Indeed, as Hebrews 11 makes clear, the only way
anyone has ever been justified, whether before
the era of the law of Moses or during its
operation, was by faith. The righteousness of
God is available unto all and upon all them that
believe (Romans 322). It makes no difference if
a person is a Jew or Gentile. (See Galatians
328.) In its context, this verse is still
addressing Pauls Jewish audience. (See Romans
217.)
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I. Justification by Faith
He hoped this statement would help them realize
the error of their claim to superiority over
Gentiles. Ethnic origin has no bearing on New
Covenant salvation faith is the determining
factor.
40
B. All Have Sinned
  1. All Have Sinned

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory
of God (Romans 323). Romans 323 presents the
conclusion of the argument Paul began in Romans
118. All have sinned (past tense) and come short
(present tense) of the glory of God. It is
important to note that not only has every person
sinned in the past, but all continually come
short of Gods glory.
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I. Justification by Faith
No one consistently, day after day, moment after
moment, walks without fail in perfect conformity
to the glory of God. We need the blood of Jesus
to continually cleanse us from our sins even as
we walk in the light, that is, with our faith in
Jesus Christ. (See I John 17 John 812.)
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I. Justification by Faith
Biblical perfection is a process, not a
destination. The words perfect and perfection
were translated from the Greek word teleios,
which means complete or completeness
(Strongs Concordance). Believers are in a
process of continually growing in Christ toward
perfection, toward completeness. Anyone who
claims perfection is at best mistaken and unaware
of just how high Gods perfection is at worst
they are liars. (See I John 18-10.)
43
C. We Are Justified Freely
  1. We Are Justified Freely

Being justified freely by his grace through the
redemption that is in Christ Jesus whom God hath
set forth to be a propitiation through faith in
his blood, to declare his righteousness for the
remission of sins that are past, through the
forbearance of God (Romans 324-25).
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I. Justification by Faith
The fact that we are justified freely means
justification is a gift of God the recipient of
justification does not earn or deserve that gift.
This free justification comes by the grace of
God. Though the full theological meaning of grace
extends beyond its merely being the unmerited
favor of God, it certainly includes that idea. If
justification is given by His grace, it further
reinforces the idea that justification is a free
gift.
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I. Justification by Faith
God gives this free gift of justification on the
basis of the redemption that is in Christ
Jesus. The word translated redemption means to
loose or set free. Propitiation has to do with
the satisfaction of Gods righteous demands. (See
I John 22 410.) The shedding of Jesus blood
fully and completely satisfies Gods demand for
judgment upon sin. Indeed, the word translated
offering in Isaiah 5310 indicates that the
death of Christ exceeded the demands of
justice.
46
I. Justification by Faith
Faith is the means of attaining the satisfaction
with God that is available through the blood of
Jesus. Even during the era of the Old Covenant,
people were justified not by the works of the law
of Moses, but by faith. The phrase to declare
his righteousness for the remission of sins that
are past, through the forbearance of God (Romans
325) describes the means by which God forgave
the sins of those living during the time of the
Old Covenant.
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I. Justification by Faith
In anticipation of the atonement that would be
provided by the death of Jesus, God extended His
forgiveness to those who approached Him by faith.
It helps us to understand how this could be if we
remember that Jesus was the Lamb slain from the
foundation of the world (Revelation 138).
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II. Called to Spiritual Liberty
Called to Spiritual Liberty
Many believers struggle with the idea of
justification by faith. Perhaps they fear if it
is really true that we receive right standing
with God as a free gift without any performance
requirement, some who claim faith in Christ will
live in ungodly ways.
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I. Justification by Faith
Those who hold this view err in two ways (1)
They forget that even the law of Moses, with its
613 commandments, was unsuccessful in its call
for perfect obedience. (See Deuteronomy 281
Galatians 53 James 210.) Rules do not empower
people to do what is right. (See Romans 83.) (2)
They forget that genuine faith, which reveals
itself through obedience to the gospel, is a
powerful, life-changing force that when coupled
with the transforming power of the Holy Spirit
both enables and encourages people to do what
is right.
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A. We Are Called to Be Free
  1. We Are Called to Be Free

For, brethren, ye have been called unto
liberty only use not liberty for an occasion to
the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all
the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if
ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye
be not consumed one of another (Galatians
513-15).
51
I. Justification by Faith
It is important to understand in context that
the liberty spoken of in Galatians 513 is not
liberty to sin, but liberty from the requirements
of the law of Moses. After an extended allegory
explaining the radical differences between the
covenant established at Sinai and the covenant
established at Calvary (Galatians 421-31), Paul
wrote, Stand fast therefore in the liberty
wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not
entangled again with the yoke of bondage
(Galatians 51).
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I. Justification by Faith
This yoke of bondage is the law of Moses. (See
Acts 1510 Galatians 24 424-25.) Although
the law of Moses called on the Israelites to love
God and to love their neighbors, it did not
enable them to do so. (See Deuteronomy 64
Leviticus 1918 Matthew 2236-40.) The reason is
that it was weak through the flesh (Romans
83). It was not a life-giving covenant
(Galatians 321). Instead, it was a schoolmaster,
a disciplinarian, to bring the people of
Israel to Christ (Galatians 324).
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I. Justification by Faith
But with the coming of Christ, Israel was no
longer under the Law (Galatians 325). Placing
their faith in Christ Jesus would liberate them
from the demands of the Law. Those who refuse the
bondage of a works-based approach to God are set
free by their faith in Jesus to serve one another
in love. The New Covenant gives believers freedom
from the Law through Christ Jesus, who fulfilled
its rigorous demands.
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B. Walk in the Spirit
  1. Walk in the Spirit

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye
shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the
flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit
against the flesh and these are contrary the one
to the other so that ye cannot do the things
that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye
are not under the law (Galatians 516-18).
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I. Justification by Faith
The fact that God created humans with freedom of
choice creates a tension that will not be
released until the final outworking of our
redemption. (See Romans 823 Ephesians 114.)
The beginning of this tension appeared in the
Garden of Eden God commanded Adam not to eat of
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but
nevertheless gave him the freedom to do so. So it
is, even for those who are Spirit-filled.
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I. Justification by Faith
The Holy Spirit is able to lead and empower them
to do the right thing, but they have not lost
their ability to exercise the power of choice to
disobey. This is what makes a text like Galatians
516-18 necessary. Believers are not automatons.
The Spirit enables them to walk in the Spirit,
but they must choose to do so. Those who do walk
in the Spirit will not respond to the lustthe
strong desireof the flesh.
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I. Justification by Faith
The Scriptures use the word flesh in a variety
of ways. Only the context in which the word
appears can determine whether it is a reference
to the physical body, human existence in general,
or the characteristics of fallen or sinful human
nature. The Book of Galatians contains an
additional possibility for the use of the word
flesh Paul connected the flesh with the idea of
attempting to establish a relationship with
God on the basis of the law of Moses.
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I. Justification by Faith
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the
Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing
of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the
Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
(Galatians 32-3).
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I. Justification by Faith
Here, and in his allegorical use of Abrahams
sons, Paul connected the flesh with the Mosaic
Covenant. (See Galatians 423-29.) Although we
should not press this connection beyond the
intent of the text, neither should we ignore the
evidence. (See also Galatians 519, 24 612-13.)
A similar idea appeared in Romans 75.
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Romans 75, NKJV
For when we were in the flesh, the sinful
passions which were aroused by the law were at
work in our members to bear fruit to death
(Romans 75, NKJV).
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I. Justification by Faith
At this point in his letter to the church in
Rome, Paul specifically addressed the Jewish
believers. (See Romans 71.) His use of we
included Paul as one of them. His description of
the Jewish believers as having at one time been
in the flesh had to do with their experience
under the Law. Rather than empowering them to do
the right thing, the Law stirred up their sinful
passions. This characterizes all efforts to
relate to God on the basis of rules. (See also
Romans 78-14.)
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I. Justification by Faith
On the other hand, this does not mean the Law
was sinful in itself. (See Romans 77.) It was
fleshly in that it was a temporal, earthbound
covenant that sought to govern the lives of the
Israelites without the benefit of regeneration.
(See Deuteronomy 294.) The Book of Hebrews
concurs with the connection between the Law and
flesh when it refers to the Law as carnal
(sarkikos, fleshly). (See Hebrews 716.)
63
I. Justification by Faith
Certain rules and disciplines are good and
important for the believer. Further, they are for
the benefit of the believer, to strengthen him in
his relationship with God by keeping him away
from certain traps and potential fleshly
temptations that could entice and distract him
from his focus and purpose in the kingdom of God.
However, rules and disciplines can never be the
source or basis of relationship with Christ. No
person is able to be justified by the Law
(Galatians 311).
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I. Justification by Faith
We need the leading of the Holy Ghost in every
area of our lives. The Holy Spirit leads us in
a variety of ways. He prompts us to avoid evil
and to make right choices. Perhaps we could think
of this in terms of the conscience, but for those
who are filled with the Spirit, the conscience
functions in a dimension beyond that of the
conscience of those who are unregenerate. Also,
it is possible for a person to sear his
conscience by repeatedly ignoring its voice.
(See I Timothy 42.)
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I. Justification by Faith
The Holy Spirit speaks to us through Scripture
(Hebrews 125), spiritual leaders (Hebrews 137,
17), spiritual gifts (I Corinthians 143, 6,
22-31), and even through creation (Psalm 191-4).
The Holy Spirit will never lead us to indulge our
fallen nature or to think we can gain favor with
God on the basis of the law of Moses or any
legalistic system derived from it.
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A. Living Condemned
Two Ways to Live
  1. Living Condemned

Therefore being justified by faith, we have
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
(Romans 51). There is therefore now no
condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,
who walk not after the flesh, but after the
Spirit (Romans 81).
67
I. Justification by Faith
As a consequence of justification by faith,
believers are free from condemnation and enjoy
peace with God. As Romans 51 indicates,
justification has already occurred for all
believers on the basis of their faith. The
reference to peace is not so much to emotional
peace, although that certainly follows knowledge
of the truth about ones right standing with God,
but to the fact there is no longer any enmity
between God and those who have placed their
faith in Jesus Christ.
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I. Justification by Faith
On the other hand, condemnation results from
self-reliance or from attempting to relate to God
on the basis of the law of Moses or any similar
system. When a believer is in Christ Jesus, that
is, when he is identified with Christ in His
death, burial, and resurrection (the new birth),
the basis for condemnation is removed. (See
Romans 63-8.) There can be no condemnation, for
the believers status with God is based on the
righteousness of Jesus Christ.
69
I. Justification by Faith
Christs righteousness is reckoned to the
believers account. (See Romans 833-34 I
Corinthians 130 II Corinthians 521.)
Believers who are in Christ Jesus do not walk
after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Consequently, they are free from condemnation. By
virtue of the fact that believers are in Christ
Jesus, they draw their life from the Spirit, not
from the flesh.
70
I. Justification by Faith
Romans 81 does not imply that believers cannot
be tempted or that they will never sin. However,
it does point out that anyone who is a genuine
believer cannot surrender to life in the flesh.
If he does sin, the Holy Spirit within him will
convict him (not condemn him), wooing him to
repent.
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I. Justification by Faith
Do some people who are in Christ Jesus
nevertheless experience a sense of condemnation?
Certainly. If we do not know and embrace any
aspect of truth in connection with our
relationship with God, we will not enjoy the full
freedom associated with that truth. Like a pauper
who does not know he is the heir of a vast
fortune, a believer who is unaware of or who does
not grasp the realities of the full benefits of
his identity with Christ will not experience
the full dimension of the privileges
that are his.
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B. Living Justified
  1. Living Justified

The experience of justification was different
for Abraham and for all who lived prior to the
time of Christs coming. Although they obtained
a good report through faith, they received not
the promise (Hebrews 1139). Thankfully, that is
not the limit of the life of faith for those who
live in the era of the New Covenant. God has
provided something better for us. (See Hebrews
1140.)
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I. Justification by Faith
We enjoy justification in conjunction with the
fullness of the Holy Spirit. (See Acts 14-5.)
Just one of the many benefits of this spiritual
fullness is the fruit of the Spirit, which
produces the characteristics of Christ in the
believers life. (See Galatians 522-23.) A
person cannot develop these characteristics by
sheer self-will they are the Spirits fruit
manifesting themselves through the believer.
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I. Justification by Faith
Just as the genuineness of Abrahams faith
revealed itself through his obedience to Gods
commands, so the genuineness of our faith in this
Messianic era reveals itself through our
obedience to the gospel, which transforms our
lives. Faith is not a substitute for obedience
it is the threshold of obedience. Paul described
this as the obedience of faith (Romans 1626).
Faith and obedience are inseparably connected
both in justification and in the full measure
of ones redemption that follows.
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I. Justification by Faith
The connection between genuine faith, salvation,
and obedience is captured in these immortal
words For by grace are ye saved through faith
and that not of yourselves it is the gift of
God Not of works, lest any man should boast. For
we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus
unto good works, which God hath before ordained
that we should walk in them (Ephesians 28-10).
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I. Justification by Faith
Internalizing the Message
Justification by faith is a biblical truth in
which God accounts or reckons the righteousness
of Jesus Christ to those who put their genuine
faith in Christ. No one can be justified by
adhering to the law of Moses. Instead, the Law
identified sin and results in the conclusion that
all have sinned in the past and continue to fall
short of Gods glory during the present.
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I. Justification by Faith
The only solution to the universal sinfulness of
the human race is justification by faith in Jesus
Christ. This justification is possible only
through the redemption Jesus Christ provided.
Justification is a call to liberty, but not
liberty to sin. Christs work on our behalf sets
us free from the bondage of any attempt to have
relationship with God on the basis of our own
efforts, and we are free to love and serve one
another.
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I. Justification by Faith
This happens as we turn from efforts at
self-justification, place our full and genuine
faith in Jesus Christ, and obey His commands to
repent of our sins and be baptized in His name.
We will receive the Holy Ghost, and His Spirit
will both regenerate and guide us in a new life
in Christ. Now that we have been justified, we
enjoy life free from condemnation. We do not
relate to God on the basis of our flesh, but by
the power of the Holy Spirit.
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I. Justification by Faith
As the Spirit works in us, He produces in us the
characteristics of the life of Christ love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, meekness, and temperance (Galatians
522-23). This is the good life, life free from
guilt, self-reliance, and fruitless efforts to
earn Gods favor. Therefore, we enjoy a life of
trust in God, freedom from condemnation, and
assurance of salvation.
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