TOPIC INDEXJustification (22)
  1. Preaching justification by faith should not exclude the truth of regeneration, as if justification were an altogether separate phenomenon that took place sometime before and regeneration taking place later.
  2. The main point Paul gets at in Romans concerns what God has done in the One, Jesus the Messiah, the rightful heir of God’s earthly Kingdom.
  3. The drama of Scripture is about God renaming us by bringing us into his image-bearing family once again. And it would take “a name above all names” to accomplish it.
  4. We know how we stand before God, justified, or made just by Jesus’ blood. But there is a future reality too. We certainly will be saved in His judgment because we are justified.
  5. Righteousness before God is possessed only by grace and that through the currency of faith.
  6. It’s the notion of mercy that leads us to the atonement, and it is the atonement that provides a foundational basis for the justification of sinners.
  7. Being the baptized just may be the last, great resistance.
  8. In Jesus, the most totalizing summary of the law becomes the gospel of the one made perfect through obedience.
  9. In the Church, the cry is, “He loves,” and it is that message which transforms our worldviews from taking to giving, from radical individualism to trans-demographic inclusivism, from selfishness to selflessness, from “tolerate my rights” to “loving rightly together.”
  10. Justification and regeneration are, therefore, necessarily connected and have profound implications upon the craft of preaching.
  11. Meeting the crown prince is one thing; meeting God in the flesh, as the Light of the Gentiles and the Savior of the world is another.
  12. There is no other transitionary event in human history that warrants three full months of focused attention and persistent acknowledgment than the incarnation of the Son of God.

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