"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man
of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
-- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Big Idea: God’s gift of justification opens the doors of heaven.
II. Nothing New
A. Justification is the way people have been made right with God from the beginning. Romans 4:1-2
B. It wasn’t Abraham’s achievements that made him great. Genesis 11:1-3; 15:8; Romans 4:3
A. We can never merit what God credits. Romans 4:4-5
B. God’s forgiveness is complete. Psalm 32:1-2; Romans 4:6-8; 1 John 1:9
A. God has a plan to justify us before we believed. Romans 4:9-10; Ephesians 1:3-4
B. If our righteousness justifies us, why would Christ need to die for us? Romans 1:17; 5:6-8
A. “A saving faith is a vital faith.” Martin Luther Romans 4:11; James 2:17-24
B. Rest in the reality that our justification is about God from first to last. Romans 4:11-12
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