A Righteousness from God!
Mike Bullmore / March 31, 2019
BIBLE PASSAGE FOR THIS SERMON
The Righteousness of God Through Faith
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
- How does a right assessment of our sinfulness relate to our appreciation for the good news of what God has done for us in Christ?
- Is there any way you are trying to 'smuggle your character into God's work of grace' in your life? Anything you are 'boasting' in apart from what God has done through Christ (cf. Gal. 6:14)? What effect is that likely to have?
- What means does God make available to us to keep us aware of the magnitude of what's been done for us, that is, to help us preach the gospel to ourselves? Are you fully benefiting from those means?
- What occupies your heart more--where you stand with God or how well you feel like your life is going?
Mike Bullmore is teaching today from Romans 3:21-31 in a sermon he has titled, “A Righteousness from God!”