Tony is a wretched sinner saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone to the glory of God
I’m excited to announce that we’re holding a Bible study over the next six weeks. We’ll be digging into God’s Word with you to discover the beautiful truth of Justification by Faith over the next six Sundays at 6pm ET (Sept 12 to Oct 17) via Zoom at this link http://GO.WhatDoesTheScriptureSay.org/just The Meeting ID is: 590 138 3373 and you can join via a phone call if needed (see below).
I would like to share a witnessing tip to help us proclaim the gospel more biblically and effectively. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a glorious, incredibly deep and multi-faceted message that we have been entrusted with sharing. The centerpiece of the gospel message is the person and work of Jesus Christ. I believe the more we understand the gospel, the more amazed we will stand and the more eager we will be to proclaim the gospel. To know Jesus is to love Him and to love Him is to proclaim Him with our lips and live for Him with our lives.
Angles to the Cross
The cross work of Christ is incredibly deep and there are many perspectives by which we can view Jesus’ work on Calvary. There are many “angles to the cross” that we can rejoice in. I would like to look at a few different angles to the cross that we can share with others practically. I suggest that we saturate our hearts and minds with a particular view of the cross so that as we reach out to the lost, this particular perspective will naturally flow from our hearts and lips. We need to meditate on these truths and allow God’s word to do its work in us before we go out and share it with others.
Justification by Faith Alone
Justification by faith has been called the heart of the gospel. This is the “angle” that I share with people most often. To be justified means to be declared righteous in the sight of God based upon the imputed righteousness of Christ which is received by faith alone. Martin Luther said it is the article on which the church stands or falls because it is central to the gospel message. A few verses that would be good to memorize are:
Romans 3:23-24 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.
Romans 3:28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.
Romans 4:1-5 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.
Galatians 2:16 nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.
Galatians 3:24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.
How to Share Justification by Faith with the Lost
How I share this precious truth with people usually goes something like this: After explaining the bad news of our sinfulness and good news of Jesus Christ’s person and work I may say something like, “So what is God looking for from us? What should be our response to this amazing gospel? Well, we should have repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. See if you repent and believe, God will not only forgive you (that is He won’t count your sins against you) but God will do something else that many people haven’t heard of. When you truly become a Christian, God takes Jesus’ perfect life (the life that He lived on this earth in complete obedience to God’s will) and credits that to your account. He gives you the gift of Christ’s righteousness!”
“That’s called justification. It’s a two-way transaction. Our sins go to Jesus and His righteousness comes to us. The Bible says we’ve been clothed with Christ’s righteousness (Gal 3:26-27). So on judgment day when God looks at sinful Tony, He won’t see me standing in my sins, He will see me covered with the perfection of Jesus. Sometimes this is called ‘The Great Exchange’ because God takes your sin and places it upon Christ (that’s why He died, not for His sins, He didn’t have any, but for your sins) and by faith God takes Jesus’ perfect life that He lived and places it upon you. God exchanges your sin for Christ’s righteousness!”
Hopefully that was helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to invite others to this online Bible study scheduled for Sunday Sept 12 through Sunday Oct 17 at 6pm ET at http://GO.WhatDoesTheScriptureSay.org/just The Meeting ID is: 590 138 3373 and you can join via a phone call if needed.
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