Sunday, April 17, 2016How could they miss it?  Because instead of trusting God, they took matters into their own hands.

They were so absorbed in their "work for God" that they didn't notice God's work right in front of them, like a huge rock or as this passage says a "stumbling stone" in the middle of the road.

1TI 3:16  And by common confession great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit,
Beheld by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.

JOH 1:14   And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

TLJC therefore is called the Rock who the Jews had rejected in DEU 32:18 "You neglected the rock who begot you, and forgot the God who gave you birth.

1CO 10:4  "They all drank from the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.

Christ is the rock of salvation.  1CO 3:11  For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

As the Rock, TLJC provides the solid mental attitude to honor Him.  ISA 26:3-4,  "The steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in Thee. Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock."

Christ is the foundation rock of Israel.  PSA 118:22; ISA 28:16.

Christ is the foundation rock of the Church.  MAT 16:18; EPH 2:20‑22.

Christ is the destroying rock of the Second Advent.  DAN 2:34‑35.

h.  To the unbeliever, Christ is the rock of judgment.  1PE 2:8.

What is your house, or the edification complex of your soul, built upon?

Rom 9 = the Righteousness and Justice of God, the First Adam and the Last Adam, the Doctrine of Imputations.

Doctrine of Justification. Point 1. Introduction; ROM 4:13-25.

Abraham failed twice when he lied to the Pharaoh and said that Sarah was not his wife, GEN 12:10-20,  and when he lied to Abimelech, the king of Gerar in GEN 20:1-15 and said the same thing, Sarah was not his wife.

He listened to the voice of his wife Sarah who told Abraham to go and have sex with her female slave, Hagar, and bring an heir from her rather than waiting on the timing of God.

He didn't tiptoe around God's promises asking cautious and skeptical questions, he plunged into the promises and came up strong, ready for God.

The same thing is said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions seemed to be hopeless.

His resurrection was the validation of the sacrifice of His spiritual death and the proof of our acceptance with God.

Point 2.  The Etymology of the word which is the origin and historical development of a word and how it was originally used in its earliest known use.

The word for justification is the noun dikaiosis which means anything pertaining to the integrity of God, His righteousness and  justice.

When used for man it refers to imputed perfect righteousness. When used for God it refers to His righteousness and justice.

Point 3. The definition of dikaiosune Theou translated the "righteousness of God." which justifies us at the moment of salvation."

This function of divine blessing from the justice of God at salvation is called "dikaiosune Theou"  or  a judicial function of the justice of God.

This function of divine blessing from the justice of God at salvation is called "dikaiosune Theou" or the dikaioo or justification, a judicial function of the justice of God.

Justification means an act of vindication.  This is a judicial act of vindication means we have been vindicated by God from being born under condemnation, or being spiritually dead. The justice of God acts on our behalf pronouncing us justified, which means, having a relationship with God forever because we have the perfect righteousness of God imputed to us.

COL 2:10  and in Him you have been made complete,

COL 1:22  He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach‑‑

HEB 8:12  For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.

MIC 7:18-19,  "Who is a God like thee, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?  Yes you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

ISA 38:17c  For You have cast all their sins behind their back.

ISA 43:25  "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake [because of my honor and integrity].  Furthermore, I will not remember your sin."

JER 31:34c  For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.

COL 2:13  He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us ALL our transgressions,

PSA 85:2  You did forgive the iniquity of Your people; you did cover all their sin.

EZE 16:63 "I will forgive you for all that you have done"

1JO 2:12  Your sins are forgiven for His names sake.

The mechanics of justification are found in what is known as at salvation adjustment to the justice of God which include three logistical steps.

a. First, personal faith in Christ. The object of faith has all the merit.

b. The justice of God the provides perfect righteousness to all who believe.

c. God judicially pronounces us justified, officially righteous.

At salvation we receive God's perfect righteousness and His justice must recognize that very same perfect righteousness which backs Him up in His divine essence.

Understanding this doctrine of justification means that you understand that if you sin, you haven't changed your status with God.

Until perfect righteousness is imputed there can be no justification.

No perfect righteousness imputed means no justification.

God doesn't think much of your personality or self-righteousness nor of mine.

God loves His perfect righteousness with an eternal love.

PSA 11:7  For the Lord is righteous; He loves righteousness;

PSA 33:5 He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord.

PSA 37:28 For the Lord loves justice, And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever;

PSA 45:7 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated wickedness;

Justification frees the justice of God to pronounce the fact we have His perfect righteousness.

Forgiveness is subtraction, justification is addition by grace. Forgiveness subtracts sin, justification adds the perfect righteousness of God.

First, God took care of our dirty laundry. Then he bought us a brand new wardrobe.

The justice of God can only judge sin with divine discipline but if we rebound first, the justice of God can only forgive us.

1JO 1:9 "If we acknowledge [name and cite] our sins, He is faithful and just, with the result that He forgives us our sins [our known sins] and purifies us from all unrighteousness [unknown sins]."

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