SERMON: “ARE YOU THE BLESSED ONE?”

Yesterday I preached on Psalm 32 and the necessity of confessing our sins before God. In the midst of the sermon, I touched on Paul’s use of verses 1-2 of the Psalm in his explanation of justification by faith alone in Christ alone. Paul in verses 1-8 of Romans 4 makes it clear that we in no way contribute to our justification. Instead, righteousness is imputed to us and it’s a righteousness not of our own. Because we have been justified, we have current peace with God through Jesus Christ, Paul goes on to tell us in Romans 5.1. Consider this: if you believe that you have to work for your justification, do you really have peace with God? Meaning, if you can fall in and out of justification, there really is no peace because war could break out between you and God at any moment. Instead, Paul tells us that our justification (which is passive according to the Greek) is a gift from God based on His grace. To get a bit more on this, listen to the sermon below and YHWH bless you.

“ARE YOU THE BLESSED ONE?” 9-7-14