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Romans 3:20-31 "The Righteousness of God"

Norman McNulty

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • April 1, 2009
    7:00 PM
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following are garnered her were her for his father in heaven we thank you for this Wednesday for a meeting when we can come together and study your word really blossoms as we study from the book of Romans and knew we things that will help with my wife with you this is a friend uses them in so this is Romans chapters three versus twenty three thirty one that we are going to be looking at this evening as we've gone through the book of Romans one thing that has been developed as we continue tourist study is that the wrath of God is poured out on the wicked and not only that intricate she we see that whether you are you are a view or a Gentile if you are transgressing God 's law you receive his wrath and chapters three we see that in the first several verses we see the concept of the advantage of being God 's chosen people he received the oracles of God and Ruud van mechanism God works through a chosen people with the oracles to vindicate his name we study that last week Romans three verse four talks about how God is justified in his sayings he's overcome her he is he overcomes when he judges and that is being quoted from Psalms fifty one for David says Lauren you can be justified in saying I am righteous and you can beat you can overcome when you are because he blotted out my cell and the judge so God can be just and adjust the fire of those who believe in him because he's going to blot out the sons of his righteous thing tonight is involved in the medication of the unsecured huge number we saw the concept of sinful human flesh and verses ten through nineteen ancestors thing the it we can talk about this so much last week but starting ever senses there is none righteous no not one verse eleven says there is none that understand a certain part of the fallen flash is that we have a tendency to not understand the things of God and then you go on you see that their times of use to see in the very contrast about us in the hundred and forty four thousand who have no guile in there now and in verse eighteen is says there is no fear of God before their eyes now realized this at describing what the Jew and the Gentile doesn't matter if you're born into God 's chosen people are appeared and Gentile he's never heard of God this is the way human sinful flash authoring and yet the hundred and forty four thousand at the end of time to stand on mount Zion with the land have no guile in their mouth and they have been prepared by the three Angels messages which includes fear you are in the hour of his judgment is come so yes sensor in essence the hundred and forty four thousand have not allowed their sinful human flash to keep them from being over comers completely purified son and so as we look at Romans chapter three and how God will be justified in the sayings of the overtime received two things wrong he walked over time when he is judged in the judge and what we see here is that God is as indicated in the judgment because he blots out the sons of his righteous people and in the hundred and forty four thousand white EC use theater to people who have no guile in her mouth or without fault before the throne of God they have been perfected by the three Angels messages for your God-given they keep the commandments of God in the face of Jesus and so in the judgment of God is vindicated because here is a group of people who despite the weakness of sinful flash the natural tendency of sinful flesh through the power of Christ they have overcome and so in the judgment of God is justified because it is shown that the power of God can produce a group of people that even though they have weak sinful flesh don't have to give into that simple for an as we go through it what were you see in Romans four and will see it again in Romans eight Abraham is an example of someone who had we sinful human flesh and that he overcame and Romans eight we say that we see that Jesus came and weak sinful flesh and because he overcame his righteousness can be fulfilled in us so when Paul talks about God being justified or vindicated in Romans chapter three what he is basically so I there is going to come a time that no matter what any human being says God will be vindicated and believe it or not shears on the God 's face human beings have a natural tendency to go against God they don't understand their tongues are for the seed they don't have the fear of God and yet God is so powerful and invisible policy God is so powerful I'm going to outline the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ and through this gospel God will take a group of people who were subject to the wrath of God whether Jew or Gentile because of their weak sinful flesh state have sinned against God and God is going through the power of the gospel for care than to have the characteristics of the one hundred and forty four thousand and in that sense God will be justified in the things and overcoming his so that that's what we see here in Romans three and it's interesting when you get there verse nineteen FEC the description of human flesh in verse nineteen this is now we know that what things server the law saith it saith to them who are under the law that every mouth may be stopped and all the world may become guilty before God or another website is subject to the judgment of God so because of human flesh because all have sinned and come short of the glory got all the world is subject to the judgment of God and received his wrath and he them Paul says in verse twenty zero four because when things whether Jew or Gentile do not follow after God by means of the law there shall no flesh be justified in the cipher by the laws the knowledge of sin and here's a simple illustration Paul has proved that everyone has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God when the weakness of their sinful flushing the key factor in the figures look like if all of a sudden we all have no matter what good that we gave you the rest of our lives it all there was was the logon in the judgment and nothing else all the world would be guilty before God enough that so I do something that's sinful to my wife yesterday and then the rest of my life in everything that I needed weather with her or anything else I am one hundred percent perfect I'm still guilty before God in the judgment since there has to be something else in order for me to receive salvation then you're obviously there's something else besides anything I can do in order for salvation to take place and yet in Romans chapter to share with talk about this it says in verse thirteen that market here is a alarm just forgot that the viewers of the law shall be justified so by the use of a lot of questioning justified only than the worth of the law so you could those two things together and it immediately does away with the theology that says you can keep sending as long as you want and still be justified because the courtroom to change and yet the point upon a sunroom three is because we've all sent and fallen short of the glory of God all the you want to produce on your own will never justify because even please send one and so there's how there has to be something outside the that brings justification so once we get shoot verse nineteen and verse twenty all has proven his point crystal clear whether you're a Jew who knows the law of God and you know the ten Commandments or you're a Gentile who's never heard of the things of God because of our human flesh we have also chosen to send we fallen short of God 's glory and therefore we are all guilty before God once Paul has established that point she can now then talk about what the gospel of Jesus Christ is that is such good news so if all we have is Romans chapter one through Romans chapter three verse twenty it's actually a fairly dismal picture because we have seen our true condition were all subject to the judgment of God and at this point we need some hook and number twenty one we see this it is her Amazon there's a lot of things that yet we can talk about with the vindication of God 's character obviously the fact that the devil was in a perfect and and but in a perfect environment is a perfect created being and send and yet gone flaccid people through the power of the gospel live in the worst time ever partnership of the presentations ever seen yet through the power of God are over so totally defeats the devil 's arguments there is a lot more than we can talk about with respect to energy now as were going to look specifically at what the gospel is no correlation during the diagram how to be diagrams are helpful to understanding things to be so verse twenty one we see an immediate contrast to everything that Paul said in verse twenty he says therefore which sums up all that he is in verse twenty one he draws a contrast races but now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested being witnessed by the law and the crop soon what we've seen so far as the wickedness or the sinfulness of man now we see the righteousness of God now how perfect is the righteousness of God is absolutely perfect search we've seen sinfulness of man the wickedness of man the weakness of sinful human flesh now the righteousness of God is being manifested and it's been witnessed by the law and the prophets policy making reference to the Old Testament along the profits and he goes on to explain more what this is even the righteousness of God is the same Canadian righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus I you all and upon all them that believe for there is no difference serve verse twenty two told the something how is the righteousness of God manifested by the faith of Jesus Christ to righteousness of God is manifested by the faith of Jesus Christ now maybe so when was the righteous God manifested when Jesus Fletcher on Mister and it's interesting in Romans one one of the very first things that pulses good news about the Gospels that is concerning his son Jesus Christ our Lord which was made of the seed of David according to the flash so faith of Jesus Christ is a manifestation of the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ was made of the seed of David according to the flesh account and now this throw in a quick point here if you read the original translation they were the original manuscripts say are the righteousness of God by faith of Jesus Christ it's an objective interpretation of what the righteousness of God is righteousness of God is the faith of Jesus Christ most modern translations it is by faith in Jesus Christ however scholars admit that it's a subjective interpretation of what the passage actually says this is the interpreters were reading into what Paul was trying to say and Paul was actually saying literally the righteousness of God is manifested by the faith of Jesus Christ faith in Jesus Christ there is a difference there so notice that it now is organized focus in here on the element of what is so powerful and what is so wonderful about this good news to the righteousness of God is manifested by the faith of Jesus Christ and notice who is manifested here who is for its own shoe all and apply on all that then believe for there is no difference so what is Paul saying when he says this is for all who believe there's no good toilet so whether you are a Jew or a Gentile there is no difference you can experience the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ if you believe so is he plotting engine he made this point in an illustration of the instructor chooses to be a real you need to be one inwardly so if you're not achieve in your living a circumcised wife spiritually even though physically or uncircumcised you're actually really a Junior accountant as being righteous which is interesting because the use of the work counted as being circumcised we describe in one experience which goes against the idea that to be counted righteous is only an outward righteousness experience in a comment back here okay Beebe so the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ 's shoe all and upon all that believe for there is no difference and we keep coming up and coming upon this word to them that believe was seen earlier in the book of Romans him a lot of people like disable I believe that Jesus died on the cross so therefore say any and James so the devils believe in trim but they're not and the best thing that we can do you when it comes to understanding what a particular author in a particular is trying to convey through particular word is to see how that word is used in other places within the corset of hurting at other places in the Bible as well and especially if you find the same word in the same black and what were in a DWORD and Adidas in our next study in chapter four the interim chapter four verse reasons for what saith the Scripture Abraham believed God and it was counted in the hemp or righteous does it sound pretty similar to what were talking about her in Romans three and roster is as if you believe you should receive the righteousness of God in Romans forth as Abraham believed and it was counted to him for righteousness so what I'm saying is with Abraham or with the word believe Abraham specifically the faith of Abraham in Romans chapter four is going to be crucial to helping us understand what it means but the righteousness of God is to all that believe in Algeria if you study Genesis fifteen as it relates to Romans for your clearly get the answer will be that next day here's a key point is I should probably keep things moving that there's so much in here notice that the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ that's how and him I think the news Christ so Jesus when he led her on this earth as he exercise faith he was the manifestation of the right guy here's the interesting point in the third Angels message when God is indicated for his last big people they keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ so the third Angels message is a demonstration of the righteousness of God absolutely and there's a few more things to point out here that some of you were here when I talked about justification by faith as a release of the third Angels message and I'll just run through this quickly in Galatians chapter Cheever sixteen it says twice that we are justified by the faith of Jesus Christ so I guess those rooms down here were justified you can read these verses them were justified by the faith of Jesus Christ and good emulations shoots for his divine crucified with Christ nevertheless I would yet not I but Christ within me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me so I would buy the faith of Jesus Christ so crucified in Galatians two twenty Christ lives in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of Jesus Christ so we the righteousness of God is manifested by the faith of Jesus Christ those you are justified are justified by the faith of Jesus Christ never going to deliver rooms to be justified with the imputed righteousness or to be counted as righteous or to be declared righteous and yet in order to be justified what this suggests is that if you're just the thought of his depression when you're crucified you live by the faith of Jesus Christ this means that being justified being crucified is the same and so that means in order to be declared righteous union to be crucified and if you're crucified with Christ upon our experience on that means entire surrender Jesus went to the breaks he didn't know he was out the other side he did what his father told me and when we are crucified with Christ we are fully surrendered we are also justified and we live by the faith of Jesus Christ now think about it this way or the one other point elements as God requires the entire surrender the heart before justification can take place to increase funding surrenders the same sin order to be justified surrender is key and when we are surrendered and crucified with Christ Christ lives in us and not the mystery of God Revelation ten rights in you the hope of glory which is going to be finished in the second Advent movement and when the mystery of God is finished in the second patent amendment what we see is the patience of the sensitivity that Jesus Christ so it all comes back to your understanding of the gospel in room and Galatians in order to be fair and order to understand the three Angels messages we have to understand what justification is how it relates to being crucified with Christ how that's tied into the faith of Jesus outside into the mystery of God the other interesting point is than if you form him crucified I will buy the face of Jesus Christ that means Christ is living so I'm crucified with Christ I'm dead that Christ is alive in me so when I exercise faith I'm exercising the faith of Jesus Christ because he's living in which he means that one unjustified price was which means that if Christ is living in me when unjustified that means the mistreatment of justification by faith which also means that we can show in that respect how homeless is the message of justification by faith is the third Angels message and Verity here's how because I'm justified by the faith of Christ Christ lives in me when I exercise faith by exercises and same with us that the repetition of something we did a few weeks ago your both right message of Minneapolis with the beginning of the outgoing the labyrinth is one for the six month from Wagner reduces price of the pianists just as God was and his character is to be in us just as God wasn't in the mystery of God in you and me that is the third Angels message they are teaching the Pacific the point is to open sell this point what we've seen is that simple camouflage all it does apart from God this that makes it subject to the judgment of God that makes all of the guilty before God and yet God is going to do something so powerful that he's going to bring in his righteousness through Jesus Christ and how do you look here on this Earth and all those who believe just as Abraham did and are justified Abraham was will receive the righteousness of God and because of that we will no longer face and guilty verdict in the judge and that is the best knees that has ever been in the history of the universe when you understand the gospel on the highway we all deserve death and a guilty verdict in the judgment about because of what Jesus has those who believe will not face the wrath of God and the judgment and were just getting started in verse twenty three for all this and come short of the glory of Joseph Heller Wednesday with Olson the members twenty four being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus serve as promised yet the thicker justification is free now with thinking about Jesus Christ how much did he give up so that we can justify he gave up everything it cost them everything so what's our problem when we think were giving up so much of this was like the things of the world have to offer when God 's offering this is for free all he asks is surrender to be crucified with now admittedly being crucified is not a pleasant experience he may speak any with that experience comes eternal salvation through the blood of Christ some are justified freely by the grace of Jesus Christ through the redemption that is in Christ from the from the blood of Christ he we wanted to die we can talk about any of Jesus died on the cross and all those who will be saved with him will be crucified with now verse twenty five only spend a few minutes on this system speaking of Christ whom God set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are passed through the forbearance of God that her religious word propitiation comes from the Greek word Phyllis Therrien on and you know how I other places in the Bible this word Phyllis Therrien showed up one other question in awareness it's in Hebrews nine NFC with respect to the word mercies situate in Hebrews not unelected members of many verse five that I'm fairly yes Paul wrote he resolves the north of their horn there is worded propitiation in the English and personal to the record doesn't not exactly the same inch TFT Ridgeline verse five so here's something interesting the mercy seat is being described by this worse austerity on and the word propitiation is being used to describe what happens to our sense through the blood of Christ now if you understand the sanctuary message the mercy seat in the sanctuary system was of significance on the day of atonement him with mercy C which is a throne of God for the judgment where the sons of God people were blotted out Amway Paul was basically pointing out here is that in God is going to take care of the sins of his people through the blotting out of some on the day of its own at the mercy C so Christ's blood will be the mechanism that wants out God 's the sons of God 's people and Jesus went into the most eloquent on October twenty two eighteen forty four so in essence when Romans three talks about how Christ was set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood what that's talking about that all those who have faith in the wad of Christ they realize that Christ is the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world remember John one twenty nine behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world has to take away the sin of the world through his blood what is his blood you take away the sin of the people to propitiation or why is what is used to blog about this and so there was really before eighteen forty four whether so why now now that they had faith in the blood of sacrifice Jesus Lamb of God that someday his blood would blot out their son when they justify this by faith absolutely good this is an Paul is bringing centering message to the concept of righteousness by faith tournaments three that got us a fourth price of your propitiation through faith in his blood to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are passed through the forbearance of God now if you look at the concert through twenty five there's not much time when the sons of God 's people will be blotted out through the propitiation of Christ blood and there is going to come a time when his righteousness will be Dick Flaherty and why I am suggesting is that when the sons of God 's people are blotted out that is when Christ righteousness will most fully be declared in a way that it's been declared in the history of this world and that would fit whether understanding of Revelation eighteen when a mighty angel comes down from heaven the Earth is enlightened with his glory what's happened here the glory of God which is his characters being is lightening the earth and the character Christ is the righteousness of Christ as being geeks flared through the lives of God 's people because their sense of them blot out so now there is no record of some and now the righteousness of Christ can be the clear and full verse twenty six and continues to declare our sin this time his righteousness that he might be jobs and the justifier of him which believe in Jesus and so verse twenty six this is key as well certainly if you look at verse twenty five beauty when Christ makes the propitiation persons the sons of God 's people will be blotted out which will then make it possible for the righteousness of Christ and before that cleared because there is now no more record of some among the lies of God 's people him when that happens in verse twenty six it can truly be said that God is Joss and the justifier and which believe in Jesus and this takes us back Toronto chapter three verse four words is that thou modestly justify the Mustangs a modest overcome our judge in Roma three verse four Paul was courting David in Psalm fifty one were David says what all mice and we need you and you will be justified in your sayings in overcoming your judge and what Paul is saying here is what when a trip situation is made for the sons of God 's people over the mercy seat when the sons of God 's people are blotted out that will be the time that God is just to say that his people register their sins are blotted out and he can truly be the justifier of those who believe in Jesus because their sense of them blotted out now people who don't understand what propitiation means of the sanctuary message rubble says you know what God is just and he can justify whatever he wants CMI still be sending and you're still sending a God parity with his righteousness and yet what God can do whatever he wants as he suggests is that you are at least is you realize and he was sick cement of the highest hall the same author says that it is impossible for God to lie to think about this issue God says that you are justified for God so that you are just worth God says that you are righteous worship God the players that you are righteous just remember that it's impossible for God to lie so if God says it John Abraham still something who is telling the truth in his telling a lie there is no way that God say that Abraham 's righteousness Abraham is actually still some and transgressing God 's law because I would make God a liar and God doesn't why so if God says that your righteous that means you are righteous if God declares that your righteous that means you really are righteous because God doesn't lie in the reason why God can be just in declaring someone righteous is because there is coming a time in the judgment when he will blot out the sins of his people and then there'll be no record of son so then when the devil says LaHaye I saw Norman McNulty need this this and this is a center God will save proven from the record and there'll be no record and God is just now here's the point God will only blot out the sun of those people who have overcome everything so when you come to the judgment of those shoe through the power of the gospel are crucified with Christ Christ was in them they exercise the faith of Jesus and they keep the commandments of God and so there is the description of the third Angels message those are the people those who keep the commandments of God and they have the faith of Jesus those are the ones who will have their sins blotted out in the judge and because of that guy can then be just to justify all those you have believed in Jesus through this sure is a sure that person is crucified with Christ and view the Christ lives in someone who was crucified with Christ that person will be one of one of the crucified with Christ living monotheism was not in the flesh serve as I tried out on the wrapup your mortgage are current on your server then we see in verse twenty seven this is where is boasting then it is exploitative we have nothing to both the because we know that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God so if we are going to be save his own enemy through Jesus Christ so we have nothing invested by well-off works made by Velasquez so we can't work our way to salvation is only through the losses number twenty therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law someone were justified by faith it's by the faith of Jesus Christ you can see that Malaysians and it's not like any works that we have over twenty nine is he the God of the Jews only is he not also the Gentiles yes of the Gentiles also here's the point God is forgot about that is the Gentiles because he says the same way doesn't matter you are again how got saved in the same line verse thirty one seeing it is one God which shall justify the circumcision by faith and uncircumcised and then you come to the anniversary one it becomes very clear how this all comes together and you we then make void the law through faith God for bid he ate we establish the law and again here we see this this phrase God forbid it comes up a lot in Romans starting your verse three chapter three and he keeps coming back in the point that keeps coming back to the beginning of chapter policy some say what a student of the evil make on the more recent and more grace I will come from the end of the chapter initially meant for the love of God because are justified apart from law not we established doctrine that chapter six what shall we continue in sin that grace may abound God permit we continue Rivera says very clearly we study this conflict Paul makes the point they were justified apart from the needs of the law by the way God forbid that you do with away with a lot to offer that you keeps because we veterans Edison don't continue doing and so final point make is this how is the law established in the righteousness of Christ what the righteousness of God is manifested by the faith of Jesus Christ Jesus knew no sin so he perfectly demonstrated the law got here on this Earth and those who are justified will be crucified Christ for the man they demonstrate the faith of Jesus therefore they keep the commandments of God because if Christ lives in then she's not going to send both the bottom line if Christ is living in Christ does not send while living in because he knows my son so if we want to send we cannot send comeback and Chrysler go back to that's her choice so the law and this is really the agency it is message for ice was magnified in the long because they were just preaching the law the Walla Walla and what this does it says what when we with Christ we will up with an obedient Christlike life that is demonstrated in our lives every day and that the righteousness of God which is manifested by the faith of Jesus Christ as the third Angels message and rarity which is the last message of warning shoot a lost and dying world mostly when you look at this world around us someone who is struggling with depression and discouragement maybe they even have an addiction to drugs or other four how do they come to church they want a message that will give them deliverance and they hear messages that say it's okay using standards and to all the something you can think of Christ for Perry with his righteousness and you'll still have a life of misery here and here on this Earth on your way to heaven that's not going to me a message of hope and encouragement of a lost and dying world around us but what will give them good news and how is a message that says God is so powerful that will come and believe the three over all of the things in your life and then you'll have heaven your honor and that's what the world is looking for so the road there is coming a time when the angel will come down from Revelation eighteen hundred fully aligned with his glory will be a message of Christ and his righteousness that is commandments of God and faith in Jesus and that's our message so he left a faithful skinless study so that we can teach and others and also so that we limit ourselves

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