Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Big Difference 7 - Guilty of ALL vs. Innocent and justified

Rom 3:19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

James 2:10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

Yep, that's what happened under the law. However...

Col 2:13-14 When you were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He took it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

Rom 3:21-24 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus...

Rom 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ...

JUSTIFIED: Greek word Dikaioo -
-to render righteous or such he ought to be
-to show, exhibit, evince, one to be righteous, such as he is and wishes himself to be considered
-to declare, pronounce, one to be just, righteous, or such as he ought to be
-to render as just or innocent

What guilt? The law made everyone guilty. But by faith in Christ we are now JUSTIFIED - declared to be righteous, rendered righteous and innocent!

*For an explanation of this Big Difference series, see the original post.*

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