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  [04.01.2006] Being Justified
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is n Christ Jesus: (Romans 3:23~24)

This Is River Water!

The Amazon River in Brazil is so wide that for most of its length it is difficult to distinguish whether it is an ocean or a river. A ship that had long been out of drinking water was entering the Amazon from the Atlantic Ocean. The crew could not drink the seawater, no matter how thirsty they were, and everyone was suffering for lack of water. They were lying down, talking about the dreams they had of drinking water, when they saw a ship approaching from the direction of land. The crew could not hide their excitement. "Hey, a ship's coming! Land is over there, so they must have plenty of water. If we get water from them, we'll make it!" They went close to the other ship, waving their hands and hailing the ship's crew. "We are coming from a long voyage and have been out of water for several days. The thirst has been killing us. We'll be in the harbor soon, but please sell us just 30 gallons of water." The crew responded, "If you are that thirsty, then take a bucket and scoop water out of the river and drink it." "If you do not have extra water, then just sell 10 gallons. No, just sell us 5 gallons." The crew repeated their earlier response and passed by. The crew that had been suffering of thirst was deeply despaired. Just then a young crewmember cried out, "I can't take this any more! I don't care what it is. I need to drink something! I'm going to drink water from the sea!" With that, he took a bucket, tied it to a rope, and threw it overboard into the sea to draw water aboard. An older crewmember who was watching said, "You know, if you drink sea water just because you are thirsty, it'll only make you thirstier," and tried to stop him. By then the young man had his water and began to gulp it down. Then he shouted. "This is river water!" "What? River water?" When the crew tried the water in the bucket, it was not seawater at all. It actually was river water. The ship had already entered the estuary of the river, but the crew thought that they were still at sea. Even though they were floating on a river of fresh water, they were suffering from thirst because they thought it was seawater.

The Work of Man and the Work of God

The same is often true in our spiritual lives. Romans chapter 3, verse 23 says, For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and in verse 24, it says, Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. In other words, verse 23 says for all have sinned, , talking about the result of the work of man, whereas verse 24 speaks to the result of the work of God. The story of the prodigal son in Luke chapter 15 is similar to this. The younger of two sons took his father's wealth to a far away country and squandered it on riotous living. Without money and with no prospects, he wound up eating husks with the swine in a pigpen. He finally had to acknowledge, "Ah, If I don't do something, I will perish of hunger." This was the result of his profligacy. When he returned to his father's house, his father began to work. The Bible records the father as saying, "Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; let us eat and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found." The younger son being at work led him to eat with the pigs and to fear death from starvation. A life of filth and pain was the result of his works. But in the presence of his father, and because of his father's efforts, such a son became clean, full, glorious, and beautiful. There are two parts to our spiritual life: what we do, and what God does. No matter where we look in the Bible, the result of our work is foul, degrading, and evil. The work of God, on the other hand, no matter what problem, how sinful or evil we might have been, makes us clean and beautiful and precious. Why is spiritual life so difficult and why do some people fall into sin? It is because God is not at work within them, but they themselves run their lives without the help of God. While our work leads to sin, evil, and unhappiness, all things become clean and holy under Gods' hand. Who among us can say, "I am righteous, holy, and clean?" Who does not sin and yet says that he is righteous? There is no one who can say that by his hand he is clean and holy. Only those who have accepted the works of God can make that claim. As humans, without exception, we are all sinners. You go to church and you strive to free yourself from sin and to do good, but to no avail. The Bible says, "for all have sinned," no matter what man does, the result of his works is foul, evil, and degrading. On the other hand, everything is renewed when God works his power. What is so difficult about God raising Lazarus from the dead? What is so difficult about healing the diseased? When the younger son returned, at his father's command, the servants bathed him, put the best clothes on him, put a ring on his finger, and shoes on his feet. Now the younger son is glorious sitting with his father at the feast table. There was no problem whatsoever in making the son clean and blessed. The boy could not become clean in the pigpen, no matter how much he wanted to, and his stomach could not be full, regardless of what he did. It was only when his father intervened that he became clean and he could eat his fill.

Who His Own Self Bare Our Sins

It is not we who live a spiritual life. It is God. People fail to recognize this, and rather than accepting what God does, they try to become clean and satisfied, instead of God. They try to make themselves holy. They try not to sin. If this is how people go about their spiritual lives, they ultimately fail and end up in sin. On the other hand, when you realize truly that you are incapable of saving yourself and that you cannot do it, and you rely on God, the Father, you can only be cleansed. This is what Romans chapter 3, verses 23 and 24 are telling us. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (verse 23) Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (verse 24) According to these words, becoming righteous and holy is not of our doing, but through the work of Jesus. It is impossible for me to become holy and righteous through something I have done. It is possible only if Jesus does it. We do not do anything whatsoever. We become righteous if Jesus works. Just as the prodigal son was made clean through the work of the father, it is through Jesus' work that we became sanctified and justified. Jesus came to us 2,000 years ago and bore all of our sins before God to sanctify us. 1 Peter chapter 2 says. Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously; Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree. No matter how much we might labor; there is no one who can free himself from sin. That, only Jesus Christ can do. Whenever I ride on an airplane, I often have thoughts. I know nothing about airplanes. How they are flown, how they ride a current, how they take off into the sky from the runway, how they land .... But that does not mean I never fly. When I fly, I have nothing to do with the aircraft. That is the work of the pilot. The airplane is flown by a person who is selected, trained, and educated in everything having to do with the airplane and flight. That is why I am able to fly, even though I know nothing about piloting the aircraft. In flight, I can read a book, lie down and sleep, watch a movie, or have a soda. Regardless of what I do, the airplane will go to New York, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo, or Shanghai because that is where the pilot takes it. Likewise, receiving salvation has nothing to do with any effort of mine or my goodness. If one relies on his own deeds, if he thus believes in himself, he thinks he must be able to succeed. If, however, my righteousness is wrong and I throw it away and become strengthened by the righteousness of Jesus, then Jesus redeemed my sins by dying on the cross. Jesus' death on behalf of mankind is the same as if we, ourselves, had died. No matter what sin I may have committed, it is taken care of if I receive the punishment and be killed for that sin. In the same way, my sins have been completely taken care of and wiped out through Jesus bearing my sins, being crucified on the cross, and receiving the punishment for the sins. Jesus did not die in vain but he forgave our sins. That is why God calls us righteous

This Is the Verdict!

I was once speaking with a lawyer and I read to him Romans chapter 3, verses 23 and 24. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. I read him these words and said, "This is the Word of God." The lawyer was amazed. He read the passage carefully and exclaimed, "Pastor, this is a verdict!" In the past, when reading this passage, I had never thought of it as a verdict, but in talking to a lawyer, who is constantly in court and who deals with verdicts on a regular basis, I saw that, yes, indeed, it was a verdict. In any trial, there are many accusations and rebuttals, but when the judge reads the verdict, that is the end. The trial is over. If the judge says to a convicted felon, "I sentence you to five years in the State Penitentary," or "I sentence you to ten years in the State Penitentary," or even if he says, "The Court finds you not guilty, that is the end of the trial. No one in the courtroom can say anything that can reverse the judge's word. God has judged us and has announced the verdict. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. This is how God recited the verdict. "You humans have all sinned. You are foul, evil, and unworthy. That is why you are unfit to come before God. You must be destroyed!" But Jesus died for our sins and they were all redeemed. Then God gave the final judgment. "You are righteous!" It means that we have been justified freely. A brother I knew long ago had once been a gangster, a member of an organized crime syndicate and was to be sentenced for having murdered someone. He thought surely he would receive the death penalty, but the judge said, "The defendant should receive a severe penalty for his crime, but since he was drunk at the time and the victim was not someone the defendant knew, it is difficult to conclude that the murder was with intent. Because the defendant in this matter has shown remorse and a willingness to change, he is here by sentenced to 10 years in prison." He was not sentenced to death. Later he told me how happy he was to hear this verdict. Like this verdict, however, we have all sinned and cannot reach the glory of God, we, too, should have been sentenced to death for our sins, but Jesus redeemed us. Through Jesus and through his suffering on the cross, taking upon himself the punishment for our sins, we have been justified, even though we did nothing to bring it about.

We Are Already Justified

We, by the result of what we do, are sinners worthy only of curses and damnation. If the story were to end with our deeds, then we would all be damned. But Jesus worked on our behalf. He took care of all the sins of the world for all time, washing us clean, sanctifying and justifying us. Through the work of Jesus, we have already become righteous in the eyes of God. God never calls a sinner righteous. God never calls the evil good. God calls sinners, sinners, the evil He calls evil, and the righteous He calls righteous. God calls us righteous. We are unworthy because we sin, but we are righteous in the eyes of God because Jesus washes our sins clean. The blood and the death of Jesus on the cross were not in vain. He did not wear the crown of thorns in vain. He did not suffer in vain. Jesus put an end to our sins on the cross. That is why we are holy and righteous in the eyes of God. Man sins and is worthy of receiving damnation. God's work was to make us holy. People who in life value only what they have done to redeem themselves remain sinners because they look only to their deeds. People who look on what God has done say, "I am a dirty sinner, but God has made me clean," and believe that they have become holy.

Which Will You Hold onto?

The crew from the ship that had crossed the Atlantic Ocean was already in the river's estuary. They could be freed from their thirst if only they scooped and drank the water. They thought, however, that they were still at sea, so while the water to quench their thirst was right under their hull, they suffered from thirst. They were overjoyed to see the passing ship and asked to buy some water, but the other crew only laughed and told them to drink the water from the river. At that point, a youngcrewmember took the bold step to drink the water and realized that it was river water. It was then that the rest of the crew came to understand that they were suffering in vain. Like that crew, we are already within the grace of God. We enjoy the grace of God. The result of what we do makes us into sinners worthy of eternal destruction and curse. Rather, Jesus has cleansed us of all of our sins. The blood of Jesus lacks nothing in washing away all of our sins. Jesus shed his blood on the cross and received the punishment for our sins. The death of Jesus washed our sins as white as snow. Now, if you think only of what you have done and do not look to what Jesus has done, you must say, "I am a sinner." If you think of the Lord who received punishment for all the sins you have committed, however, you cannot say that you are a sinner.Which will you hold onto? Will you hold onto the results of what you have done, or the results of what Jesus did? Your effort has led you to becoming a sinner, but the work of Jesus has justified you. The Bible says, Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians chapter 6, verse 10, says.Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

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