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Silence the Sinner
Transcript of Silence the Sinner
What is Justification?
Into the Courtroom
Why are Their Mouths Stopped?
Excuses vs. Justification
Bringing the Word to Bear on Men's Souls
To Bring Comfort
Justification is the legal declaration that the condemnation for our sins has been satisfied in the life and death of Christ and we are now viewed through the righteousness of Christ.
“7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.”
“1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
The Law Reveals Sinfulness
To Bring Brokenness
“10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
There are many other areas where I am obeying, growing, serving, and believing
Excuses from Sinful Hearts
This is the way God made me in my personality and desires
I am working really hard to be better
This isn't really sinful
“What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”
1. It shows us our sinfulness by establishing an immovable standard
2. It shows us that the Judge for our sinfulness stands outside of us
The Power of the Law to Silence
We are silenced when we realize that sin doesn't depend on our interpretation, rationalization, or motivation.
We are silenced when we realize that the true Judge knows all of our thoughts, desires, and deeds and will judge with ultimate justice.
The Law Reveals Weakness