Justification, Machaira with Apostle Bennie, series

EPISODE 370 – JUSTIFICATION 2

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Sunday, 28th January, 2024

JUSTIFICATION 2



“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” 

Romans 5:1 (NKJV)



From our previous study, we realised justification is God’s own action to make you righteous.

It is not what you do to be righteous, neither is it how you try to be righteous or morally upright. Justification is God declaring you righteous by faith.

You cannot be righteous by your own effort. Your own righteousness cannot be good enough.

Jesus, shared a parable in Luke 18:9-14, to explain the concept of justification, which we discussed in the previous post.

Now, there was another scenario between a wealthy Jewish leader and Jesus:

“One day a wealthy Jewish nobleman of high standing posed this question to Jesus: “Wonderful Teacher, what must I do to be saved and receive eternal life?”
Jesus answered, “Why would you call me wonderful when there is only one who is wonderful—and that is God alone? You already know what is right and what the commandments teach: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not lie, and respectfully honor your father and your mother.”
The wealthy leader replied, “These are the very things I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember.”
“Ah,” Jesus said. “But there’s still one thing you’re missing in your life.”
“What is that?” asked the man.
“You must go and sell everything you own and give all the proceeds to the poor so you will have eternal treasures. Then come and follow me.”
 When the rich leader heard these words, he was devastated, for he was extremely wealthy.”
Luke 18:18-23 (TPT)

At first glance, you may think the wealthy Jew’s question was a harmless question.

However, Jesus knew his question was works-oriented or boastful-centered.

This was not with the same intention as the disciples of Jesus were asked during Pentecost in Acts 2:37.

“Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (ESV).

For those who heard the message in Acts 2, they were pierced to the heart.

When he asked:

“what must I do to be saved and receive eternal life?”

He asked the question on the grounds of his self-effort. What he can do and not how Jesus can help him.

This is the mindset of the religious. Religious or legalistic folks judge their lives based on their works.

They believe whatever they enjoy in the Lord, is according to their own self-efforts.

They are proud and boastful.
They think they are forgiven by God because they forgive others. They assume they are righteous because they worked for it, or they are perfect because they keep the law of Moses.

However, that is not what it is.

Your self-efforts cannot make you righteous. The law cannot make you perfect or righteous, because you cannot fully keep the law.

You cannot be justified by your work or attempt to keep the whole law.

When Jesus saw that the wealthy Jewish leader was works conscious than grace conscious, He showed him the demands of the law.

And you can see how he was boasting of his adherence to the law.

The response he gave to Jesus meant, “If it’s about keeping the law of Moses, I have lived and kept the law completely”.

Yet, God justifies by faith, so that no man will boast or take credit in any way.

There is no place for your self-efforts or works when it comes to  justification or salvation. It solely depends on the finished work of Christ in His death and resurrection.

The wealthy Jewish leader couldn’t even keep the first commandment:

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3 (KJV)

He had esteemed his wealth so much he couldn’t sacrifice it to follow God. (Luke 18:22-23).

Jesus shut the mouth of this Jewish leader and made him swallow his boasting.
That is the purpose of the law, to expose your weakness and imperfection.

His wealth has become his god.

You are not saved or justified by your works. You are saved or justified by believing in Jesus.

There is no place for your self-effort, ego and boasting. It is the work of God in Christ.

At Salvation you were declared not guilty on the account of what Jesus has done; not according to what you did or what you are trying to do.

Don’t be like the rich Jewish leader.

I repeat, you are not justified by your own perfection. You are justified by the perfection of Jesus. Your boast is in who Jesus is, not your own efforts.

Praise the Lord.

DIG DEEPER
(Romans 1:16-17; Romans 4:1-25; Ephesians 2:8-9)
 
WE PRAY
We pray thanking the Lord for making us righteous through Christ.
 
BIBLE READING IN THE YEAR 2024
Exodus 38 – 40
 
DECLARE THESE WORDS:
– I am justified by the finished work of Christ.
 
– My confidence and boast are not in my self-effort but in the finished work of Christ.
 
– I am justified by faith.

I rejoice in God’s free gift of Righteousness through faith.

– The life of Christ is my life.
 
– I am perfected by faith in Christ not by my deeds.
 
I have no sense of guilt and condemnation, I am justified.
 
I have a right standing with God.
 
Oh thank you Lord Jesus!!

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Nkrumah Charles Sarkodie
Nkrumah Charles Sarkodie
4 months ago

I am justified by the perfection of Christ and not by by deeds.

Sulley
Sulley
4 months ago

Thank you Lord Jesus for the wonderful grace to be justified in Christ Jesus. I count not anything I am or do worth my ability or strength. Hallelujah

Benjamin okyere
Benjamin okyere
4 months ago

Glory to God i am justified and set free from sin

Claudia Muange
Claudia Muange
4 months ago

My boast remains is in who Jesus is and not my works
Thank you Lord

Bumbede
Bumbede
4 months ago

I am justified by the perfection of Jesus
Glory to God

Simon Christ
Simon Christ
4 months ago

Thank You Jesus for the word so sweet

Simon Christ
Simon Christ
4 months ago

My justification is by the grace of God in my life

Simon Christ
Simon Christ
4 months ago

Thank You Lord Jesus. I AM JUSTIFIED

Simon Christ
Simon Christ
4 months ago

Who can then accuse me before the lord

Simon Christ
Simon Christ
4 months ago

Grace unlimited

Diana Aline
Diana Aline
4 months ago

Gloreeeeeey to God.

JOA
JOA
4 months ago

Without the finished work of Christ, I have nothing to boast of. Thank You Jesus. I am declared not guilty on the account of what Jesus has done.

Daniel F. Agbosu
Daniel F. Agbosu
4 months ago

My deeds have no role in my justification. Glory !

Samiratu Sulley
Samiratu Sulley
4 months ago

My boast is in who Jesus is and not my own self effort

Benjamin okyere
Benjamin okyere
4 months ago

It is Christ alone there is perfection and completion of righteousness
none of i but all of Him

Nuel
Nuel
4 months ago

There is nothing I can do to become righteous.

Everything I enjoy in Christ is solely based on his finished work on the cross.

Nothing I present is powerful enough to make me qualified

Emmanuel Nanor
Emmanuel Nanor
4 months ago

‭‭Romans‬ ‭4:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
[3] For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Your justification is not by your deeds or works, it is by God himself. While we were yet sinners he came to save us and made us the righteousness of God. This clearly points that out justification was and can never be by our works but by Jesus who and died and rose again for our justification. I am Justified by Christ and not by my works

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
4 months ago

Ooo thank you Lord Jesus.

Righteousness is not by our own works, lest anyone may boast. It is by the finished work of Christ

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
4 months ago

My confidence is not in how good or right I live my life. My confidence is in what Jesus has done. Glory to Jesus!

Prince Semanu
Prince Semanu
4 months ago

No more works, no more self effort.

Thank You Jesus for Justifying me

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