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February 19, 2021 1:00 am
Here’s some good news: the righteousness of God is bestowed on sinners who believe the gospel. We can’t ever be good enough to enter heaven, but our legal justification through Jesus Christ qualifies us for eternal life!Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
During rain forest looking to Jesus, knowing that the righteousness of God is bestowed on sinners, who believe the gospel is incredible news. Anyone thinking he or she can never be good enough to enter heaven. That's what justification by faith is all about. Stay with us church in Chicago this is going to serve clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line.
Estimates are some may say it's all well and good to be justified by faith I feel that for myself all day when you asked the question, my mind goes to a true story about a man who was dying. Now he was a Christian leader. He had been the president of the seminary and as he was approaching death.
He was very fearful. People reminded him you know you've written books you've preached to large crowds.
Nothing brought him peace, but when they reminded him that we are saved only by the blood of Jesus. He died in peace.
How do we feel it.
We really do feel it by faith. And then we go to the Scripture that we have discussed elsewhere where it says that God cleanses us from all unrighteousness. I've written a book entitled the power of a clear conscience. I believe very deeply that it can help all those who are listening as they make progress in their Christian life and deal with their internal souls for a gift of any amount. It can be yours.
Here's what you do go to RTW offer.com that's RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337. Now let us turn our attention to God's word and let us be blessed by the great doctrine of justification by faith. It is a free gift at all attempts to please God and his attempts to do all that it was going only ended up with a ledger that was not in his favor that he knew that he was headed judgment but he righteousness of God.
A second word or phrase is complete. It is complete. Nine could explain something to you that could be a means of deliverance for many of you that's how deeply I feel about this message and that is this that when you receive Jesus Christ as your Savior, your sins are legally forgiven past, present and future. It has to be that way. And that's exactly what the Bible teaches how many of your sins were future when Jesus Christ died while all of that because you and I certainly were not on the scene 2000 years ago when Jesus died. So Jesus anticipating sins, anticipating the sins that would be committed among those whom he would say he took all those upon him in one offering. The Bible says in Hebrews chapter 10 for by one offering he perfected for ever.
Those who are sanctified.
But now I do want you to turn to another passage just so that you make sure that I'm biblical here and I'm not making this up, this is Colossians chapter 2 Colossians chapter 2 and I'm going to begin sort of right here in verse 13 it says that God made us alive together with Christ. Colossians 213, having forgiven all of our trespasses.
All of our trespasses by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross you see in those days the sins that a person committed were always placed above the cross. Now pilot had written Jesus the King of the Jews that was that was his sin all your sins, figuratively speaking, were nailed to the cross because there was this long list. And God says I'm going to take care of the sins that Erwin Luther who has not yet been born will someday commit and I'm going to take care of all of them and it's a pretty good long list. It's not as long as pastor virtues his goes on his goes on to the next column and there is some of you who are listening.
Your list is longer than the both of us put together right and God says that's what Jesus is guilty.
That's why Luther when he was finally able to see the gospel said my sins do not belong to me my sins belong to Jesus. He's the one who was guilty of all my sin. God made the sin for us that I might be made the righteousness of God in him. And so what we see is the fact that it takes parables and now I have to ask your question was Luther converted there back in the monastery in Erfurt when he spent hours confessing his sin for us, not there are millions of people who are going to be going to confession today who do not understand the gospel and who have never received the gift of eternal life is see if if salvation was just taking care of the sins of the past. Even if you remember them all and you confess them all.
As I mentioned earlier. Tomorrow is another day and there's no assurance that you really are right, God, because that'll depend on how many sins you commit tomorrow and how many I have to confess, see when Luther began to understand the gospel and he began to understand that Jesus died in our behalf, and that the merit of Jesus is ours. Then he was free from the endless treadmill of good works and sacraments which could never bring peace to his soul. So when you receive Christ as Savior. You now understand that the decision that you're making affects your whole eternity, not just past sin 24 hours a day, God demands perfection. If we are to walk in his presence. 24 hours a day. Jesus Christ supplies God demand and so he always is meeting our requirements. What do we still as Christians confess our sins. Yes, having received the good news of the gospel, having all of our sins taken care of legally from now until all the way to heaven's door and beyond. Yes we do. It's a discipline that God puts us through so that we might be able to walk in fellowship. You can take the message. I preached last week and you can insert it right here. Learn to walk in the light, we don't walk in the light through confession in order to be converted in order to be saved. That happened when we receive Christ as our Savior that is secure our position before God has not been altered as a result of our struggles, sin. So the second word that I have for you today is the word well now what is that word I gave you complete complete next word number three guarantee guarantee think this through. When you receive the righteousness of Jesus Christ and you receive him as your Savior. That means that from now until all of eternity.
Your end result is guaranteed.
After all, the Bible does say who shall separate us from the love of Christ shall tribulation, stress, persecution, nakedness peril, sort no Jesus talked about the fact that when you were one of his sheep. My sheep hear my voice and I know that and they follow me and I give unto you them eternal life, and no one shall pluck them out of my hand.
My father, who gave them to me, is greater than all and no man pluck them out of my father's hand I Bennett Moody church now for 35 years and have always wanted to preach a message entitled hands in harmony at the hand of the son and the hand of the father together. Maybe someday. But notice this one of the first doctrines that Luther gave up once he understood the righteousness of God is credited to is the doctrine of purgatory. Because you see purgatory was based on the idea that nobody really dies righteous enough to go to have oh there a few people and we call them saints, and they go directly to heaven. But the common person is not righteous enough to going to heaven.
Somebody has to do is yes to go to purgatory where he will be purged and nobody knows how long it is and then after he's been purged the godless. I will now that you've paid for all of your sins that were taken care of on earth. Now you're ready to enter have.
I've talked to people who say as long as I can get to purgatory. I know that I'll eventually make it – but I don't want to die with immortals for the simple fact is, if the righteousness of God is credited to you. When you believe in Jesus as it is, then you arrive in heaven on the basis of Jesus Christ.
Merit and you are welcomed into heaven as if you are Jesus because your base. There on his merit. That's why the Bible says Jesus said if you believe on me, you'll never see that all you'll see it for a second, maybe. But you go from this life to the next without a hassle at the border.
Many of you may know that for most of my life I was a Canadian citizen now. Thank God I am an American, along with all the rest of you but Tim when I was a Canadian citizen and I kind of still lands a little fuzzy. Canada couldn't keep me out. I had a passport so I go there all your Canadian citizen you're coming home.
Jan you know that the Bible says that in Jesus we are in heaven already. It says in Ephesians 2 that we are raised with Jesus Christ.
We are seated with him already in heavenly places. It is a done deal and we can have the assurance that when we die, there will be no hassle at the border because Jesus died for sinners. You know, my mother died a number of years ago. She died hundred and three as many of you know my father died, 106 I was called my mother every Saturday night and she thought that maybe God misplaced her address but one day just to tease her because I knew her so well and how she loved had been gloriously converted.
I said mom. Are you sure that when you die, you're going to go to heaven and she said I am as sure as if I already were there not because she was a righteous woman, though she was was in her works. They did it. It is totally completely the merit of Jesus. And if you come to heaven and say God says why should I let you have any new site will you know I tried to live a good life to balance the scales.
God will turn away from you and you will be lost for nobody gets to heaven because they been able to balance the scale. No merit of my own but thanks be to God, the merit completely of Jesus. There's another phrase I want to give you and that is personal assurance personal assurance to see what happens. Is this and I noticed that pastor Colin Smith referred to this in a message recent that I heard over the radio. He said that 10 even after you are acquitted by God.
You can still have guilt feelings let's go back to that illustration I gave you earlier. You know the one where the kid has violated the law. The judge pays for him when he leaves the courtroom, he could still feel guilty because the boy could say, you know, I was actually guilty of going on the speed limit. If you commit a crime, God declares you innocent, and of course is a difference between God doing it and human beings doing it because we have to have consequences, and the judicial system, but if that happens in your life and your experience you may several God, God has forgiven me, but I still feel guilty because I didn't do a very evil thing.
What you need to do now is to educate your conscience because your conscience now is line your conscience is telling you, you are guilty of something that God has acquitted so before others you may have to live out the consequences of your guilt and your sin. But before God.
This lady is entirely clear, but you and I may still suffer consequences and guilt feelings and guilt feelings lie what you have to do is to retrain your conscience at this point can't go by feelings, they scream lies at us. One illustration I could give many of a similar nature. I was supposed to be speaking in a church in Michigan and for some reason I was very angry and discombobulated.
I don't know if that word is still used, but you can kind of figure out the meaning I was parking the car and in 10 or 15 minutes. I had to speak at this conference and I felt guilty. I felt like a failure. I felt all kinds of weight of sin, and I began to think what I'm I going to do. Can I stand and preach and talk about all the beauties of the gospel going into the pulpit like that.
So in the car. I was alone.
I suggest you do this, I spoke out loud to the devil and I said begone, Satan, for it is written, who shall lay any thing to the charge of God selected is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns it is Christ that died gay, rather, that is risen again, it is even now the right end of the throne of God makes intercession for us and I'll tell you within a matter of minutes. My conscience was brought in line to the truth of Scripture, and I was able to go there and to preach a message something like this one and the missionary presence said if I had heard this message 20 years ago, I'd have been delivered from all of the guilt and all of the struggles that I've had in the mission field for the last 20 years.
You see, what we need to do is we need to educate our conscience in accordance with the word of God because there are times that you don't stifle your conscience. You don't go to drugs and alcohol to stifle the conscience.
But what you say is conscience you perform an important function in my life.
But right now you're lying to me.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus. You folks were listening to this message. May I encourage you to believe this, to the very center of your being that use stand righteous before God, because of the work of Jesus Christ and you stand on that. Now you say what I have issues though with other people. I've wronged other people and I'm going be preaching a message about that.
Still in this series so please stay tuned.
Finally, I want to zero in on the word like who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect. So who are the elect.
They are the ones whom God marked out from before the foundation of the world that he would overcome their darkness, overcome their unbelief and saving only believe on Jesus. Well you say I don't like that at all.
I mean you motor boaters yeah but but but but but but but but but but but let me tell you something. Don't complain too much because you can find out whether or not you are a member of the elect (what you need to do if God's work in your heart is to believe on Jesus stop trusting your goodness trust wholly in the work of Christ. Transfer your trust in Jesus alone and then you will know that you are you like is the only way you can know is by coming to Christ in humble repentance and receiving by faith the gift of eternal life, and then you can know and you will know it by the work of the Spirit by the assurance of the word of God and if you struggle with assurance that can be very normal. All of us do from time to time, and that's why here at the Moody church. We have prayer partners after the service we want to help you in those areas. But the fact is this, that you and I must be aware of the fact that when we come to Christ he will receive us. He will not cast anybody out comes so if the spirit is working in your heart you come you'll be a member of the elect, then you'll know that you are a member of the elect. Maybe I could illustrate justification.
This way I have a book appear sexually hymnal.
Let us suppose that I'm thinking of a man that I interviewed years ago, who eventually died of AIDS, and I think of him because his life was a mess, but he came to saving faith in Jesus Christ.
I'll use him as an example, if I could use myself.
I could use anyone as an example. By the time this is the illustration I gave him I said now Roger, let's think of two books.
This is your book it says the life and times of Roger when you open it up pretty ugly all kinds of sin. All kinds of betrayal over here though is another book called the life and times of Jesus Christ.
You open it up nothing but beauty, perfection, meeting God's standards and everything paying for a penalty. Wow, it's a beautiful book in salvation what God, in effect, says is I'm going to tear out all the inside.
I'm going to take the insides of my book and I'm going to shove it in between your coverts all life and times of Roger nothing but beauty. Nothing about holiness. The book is so beautiful that even God adores it that is the gospel. I love this poem the terrors of God and of hell for me can have nothing to do. My Savior's obedience and blood hides all of my sins from my name on the palm of his hands.
Eternity cannot erase forever. There stand Mark indelible grace is God talk to you today. Those of you have never received Christ.
You don't have the assurance of eternal life because you been basing it on works have been basing it on your confession and you have never personally sick Jesus. This moment I believe on father. I'm asking in the name of Jesus.
Right now work throughout this audience here at the Moody church for those who are watching on the Internet or listening by radio and all of the different means by which this message will be listened to. We pray that your Holy Spirit will show people the beauty and the completeness of the gospel.
May they believe on your right now and thank you for your amazing love in Jesus name we pray for my dear friend this is faster concern when asking a question today. Have you believed on Christ. Do you have the assurance that if you died, you'd be in fellowship with him because of your dependence upon all that Jesus has done I'm talking to those of you who have lived very difficult lives.
In fact, very sinful lives you've wandered away from God, but you've listened to this message, and the Holy Spirit is saying to you come, come to receive forgiveness come to receive restoration come to receive all that Jesus provided for those who believe. Let me ask you another question. Have you been blessed as a result of these messages entitled the power of a clear conscience. We are making these messages available to you as a resource. You can then listen to them again and again share them with your friends. You might want to go over some of these messages to remind yourself of the truth. I know one man who says that he listens to some of these messages. Three or four times. Well, if you are interested in receiving them. Here's what you do go to RTW offer.com RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337. We are making them available to those who send a gift of any amount, and thanks in advance for your generosity in helping us get the gospel of Jesus Christ to thousands upon thousands of people you are holding our hands in ministry.
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