Daily Bread 10/21/2022

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    Daily Bread – October 21, 2022 (The Sixth Day – Genesis 1:24-31) Romans 5:1 – Therefore, having been made righteous by faith, we have peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. New Testament Justification One of the many important concepts needing to 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, or “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, or 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 wrongdoing, such as those whose words are spoken in truth and purity (Matthew 12:37). An example of the second category of justification is the sinner who, unlike the Pharisee, refused to justify himself (Luke 18:13-14). Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen