Sunday, September 17, 2017
Bruxy Cavey www.TheMeetingHouse.com
Are we basically good or bad? Both. We are broken. Good to begin with. Sin = Not together. We are infected with sin. Created in God's image. A worm is a worm. It's OK for it to live in the mud.
We have imputed righteousness. Justified = just as if I'd never sinned. Luther called it Snow covered dung
Imparted righteousness. A new heart.
For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.
Romans 3:28 NIV
God Rightousified Abraham
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? What does Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
Romans 4:1, 3 NIV
A financial metaphor. Credited. Your account has been credited. A gift. Not earned. Gratuities. God doesn't owe you. Thank God for the gift.
However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.
Romans 4:5 NIV
God is putting the broken pieces together. This is good news for the broken. Not so much for the "good". Jesus calls the sinners.
Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
Luke 5:31-32 NIV
How come we are so often monsters? Leaches are sucking.
What's the cosmic time-line for justification of Christ? 2000+ years before and after.
Can God save a sociopath? A serial killer? Cannibal? Yes. https://www.biography.com/people/jeffrey-dahmer-9264755
He's gone to heaven. If that makes you blue.