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Daily Bread - August 8, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 12:38
Romans 5:1 - Therefore, having been made righteous by faith, we have peace
with God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

One of the many important concepts that must be grasped with the word
'justified' is given in Proverbs 17:15, "He who justifies (tzadek) the
wicked, and he who condemns the righteous are both alike, an abomination to
the Lord." When God justified the wicked in the New Testament, He did so by
removing all of their wickedness (Colossians 2:11; Romans 6:6). The power
of the blood of Jesus removed the effects and penalty of sin that had been
committed (2 Peter 1:9; Hebrews 8:12, 10:17; Romans 6:22; Revelation 1:5).
God also removed the power and dominion of sin that would continue to drive
a person to sin against his or her own will (Romans 6:14; 1 John 3:5, 8; 1
Peter 2:24; Hebrews 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10; Galatians 1:4).

In the New Testament, we may group the concept of being justified into two
categories: being self-justified and being justified by God. In the first
category, there are examples like a lawyer in Luke 10:25-29 and the
Pharisees in Luke 16:14-15. The only way to move from being self-justified
to being justified by God is to acknowledge being wrong and thus leave off
self-justification. The act of repentance and faith in Christ Jesus then
produces the miracle of salvation, which makes one righteous (justified).
The ability, then, to live righteously in Christ Jesus through the
indwelling of the Holy Spirit results in one being shown to be righteous
(justified) (Romans 6:18,22; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18; Galatians 2:20;
Philippians 1:21, 3:20). The word 'justified' is also used by Jesus of a
person being free from all charges of wrong doing such as those whose words
are spoken in truth and purity (Matthew 12:37). Another example is the
sinner who, unlike the Pharisee, refused to justify himself (Luke 18:13-14).

To be justified one must be forgiven by God. God's forgiveness, provided
for us through the blood of Jesus, erases the sin; and, as a result, there
is a verdict of innocent. However, if a person then sins after being
forgiven by God, then they are guilty and must seek to be forgiven again (1
John 1:9, 2:1; James 1:14-16; Romans 6:23). God does not justify a sinful
life style; He justifies the repenting sinner seeking forgiveness. The
concept of being justified includes not only being forgiven of sin, but
being dead to sin (Romans 6:6-7). When God justifies the wicked man who
repents, he puts the sin to death by putting the sinner to death in Christ
Jesus (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:3; Romans 6:4). Thus, reconciliation
-or the exchange of life- takes place (2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Romans 5:10).
The sinner exchanges his life of unrighteousness for the life of Christ and
His righteousness. The miracle of salvation allows us to be crucified with
Christ and buried with Him by baptism into His death, so that we can also
be raised up together with Him (Colossians 3:1-4, 2:12; Romans 6:4).

The newness of life in that we receive in salvation is the very life of
Christ; insomuch that we can say that we no longer live, but Christ lives.
Through sharing this life of union with Christ Jesus, we are shown to be
righteous (justified) (John 14:20, 17:21-22, 6:56; Colossians 1:27;
Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:10). The life of Christ becomes our life
because Christ Jesus in born into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Colossians
1:27). This life of God imparted to us brings forth a brand new inner
person (soul, spirit, heart, mind, and conscience) that is ruled and
governed by the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:24; 1
Thessalonians 5:23; Ezekiel 36:26; Ephesians 6:6; 1 Peter 1:9; John 3:6;
Acts 15:9; Hebrews 8:10; 1 Peter 4:2; Hebrews 9:14, 10:22; Philippians 4:7).

Spontaneous song from this past Sunday's meetings:
Living in realms of Heaven,
And not going out!
Living in the realms of Glory,
And overwhelmed!
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