The Doctrine of Justification – Romans 3:10-26

Introduction:

In the printing industry to “justify” means to (explain; adjust spacing; center text; embezzle company profits). Adjust spacing; center text

When people “justify” themselves, they are trying to (win a law suit; explain themselves; prove themselves to be right; given themselves validity). Prove themselves to be right; given themselves validity

In another way, when people “justify” themselves they are trying to (free themselves from blame; limit themselves; absolve themselves; get away with murder). Free themselves from blame; absolve themselves

Can these uses of “justify” be found in God’s Word? (Yes, no, maybe, I don’t know) Yes.

What is the meaning of Job 9:20 – “If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse”? (Absolve myself; prove myself to be righteous; center my text; adjust the spacing my life). Absolve myself; prove myself to be righteous

What is the meaning of Isa. 5:23 – woe unto them….. “which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!”? (Center them; give them validity; absolve them; adjust their spacing). Give them validity; absolve them.

Would you say that attempts to justify ourselves are (non-existent; common;, rare; foolish) among men? Common and foolish

Why should human justification be considered to be foolish? (Earthly impossibility; human incapability; divine omniscience; lack of profitability) Omniscience

Soteriological justification.

What is “Soteriology”? (Hopefulness; searchfulness; so-so-ness; the doctrine of salvation) Salvation

Which of the following is not an effect of sin? (Spiritual death; physical death; separation from God; the loss of fellowship with the Creator) All

How could the printer’s definition of “justification” apply to soteriology? (Explains things; centers things; restores a proper relationship; creates space between man and God) Center and restores

In Soteriology, “regeneration” primarily deals with (forgiveness, life, happiness, eternity) Life

In Soteriology, “adoption” primarily deals with (homeless pets; orphans; family; wealth) Family of God.

In Soteriology, “justification” deals with (standing before God; relationship with God; courtroom arguments; freedom) Standing before God; relationship with God

In Deut. 25:1 “to justify” means (to declare innocence; to forgive; to save; to condemn) To declare innocence

In Rom. 4:1-8 “justified” means to (forgive; count as righteous; impute righteousness; not impute sin) count as righteous; impute righteousness; not impute sin

Do any scriptures teach that to justify is to make someone sinless? (Yes, no, maybe, I don’t know). No.

Biblically speaking, to justify means to (set forth as righteous; to declare righteous in a legal sense; to put a person in a right relationship; to remove sin) Set forth as righteous; to declare righteous in a legal sense; to put a person in a right relationship

What does justification have to do with our character? (Everything; nothing directly; it makes us sinless; it makes us god-like). Nothing directly.

God treats justified people as (sinners; forgiven; righteous; saints) Forgiven; righteous; saints

Justification is an (emotional act; a judicial act; a wishful act; a complicated) act of God Judicial (legal).

Justification and forgiveness of sin (are synonymous; second cousins; closely related; mutually exclusive) Related.

Forgiveness might be considered as (the removal of the offense; the cessation of anger for an offense; a release from guilt; a remission of punishment) The cessation of anger for an offense; a release from guilt; a remission of punishment.

Does anyone really understand God’s “feelings” towards sin?

How difficult is it for sinners to forgive those who sin against them?

How difficult is it for the infinitely holy God to forgive those who sin against Him?

“Who is a God like unto thee, that ________________ iniquity, and _________________ _____ by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He ___________________ ________ his anger for ever, because he delighteth ___________mercy. He will turn again, he will have _________________ upon us; he will __________________ our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their ___________ into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:18-19. Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

In justification all our sins are ________________, our guilt is ____________ and our punishment is ________________. (White washed; removed; forgiven; transferred to another) Transferred

God looks at those He has saved as without (pain; halos; sin; guilt) Sin and guilt

Justification is possible because God (reputes; imputes; computes; dilutes) Christ’s righteousness to the sinner. Imputes

The forgiven sinner is like (a criminal who has served his time; an angel who has never sinned; a rock changed into gold; pardoned citizen with as many or more blessings than he had before). Pardoned

When God looks upon one of His saints, He sees (innocence; human perfection; Christ’s righteousness; sinfulness) Christ’s righteousness

The Method of Justification.

Justification is an act (of the law; of the repentant sinner, of hard work, of God) God

“Therefore by the __________________ of the _____________ there shall no flesh be justified in his sight” Deeds / law Rom. 3:20

If obedience to the law cannot save us, then what does the law do? (Points out sin; makes us miserable; limits our freedom; points to the need of a Saviour) Points out sin and our need of Christ.

The source of justification is (holiness; righteousness; wrath; grace) Grace.

“Being justified freely by his ___________ through the redemption that is in ___________ __________.”

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

The word “freely” in this verse suggests (our efforts; our rights; God’s weakness; God’s freedom and sovereignty) Sovereignty

What purchased or provided justification? (The law, God’s grace; Christ’s blood; Christ’s righteousness) Blood

“But God commendeth his __________ toward us, in that, while we were _______ sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his ____________, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

As far as the sinner is concerned God requires (sincerity; hope; faith; love) in order to enjoy or possess justification.

“Knowing that a man is not __________ by the ___________ of the law, but by the ___________ of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the __________ of Christ, and not by the ___________ of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Gal. 2:16

God is both just and the justifier of them which (tithe; are baptized; faithfully attend church; believe in Jesus). Rom. 3:26

The very best human being must repent and ______________on the Lord Jesus Christ in order to be justified in God’s sight.

When the very worst and wicked human beings _______________ and _________________ on the Lord Jesus Christ, they are _____________________ in the sight of God.

Correctly arrange the following adverbs in this statement – “Sinners are justified ___________by God; __________________by Christ _____________by faith and __________________by works. (Meritoriously, evidentially: judicially; mediately).