TOPIC INDEXJustification (18)
John Bombaro
  1. Righteousness before God is possessed only by grace and that through the currency of faith.
  2. 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.
  3. Being the baptized just may be the last, great resistance.
  4. In Jesus, the most totalizing summary of the law becomes the gospel of the one made perfect through obedience.
  5. 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.”
  6. Justification and regeneration are, therefore, necessarily connected and have profound implications upon the craft of preaching.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Let us move beyond the milk and onto solid food — the meat of biblical, creedal, confessional theology in our preaching.
  10. The new life Christ opened for us in His justifying resurrection, the new life into which we were baptized is a life of faith.
  11. The preacher of this text should follow the logic of the text, the divinely inspired genius of Saint Paul, and get out of the way.

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