Bible’s Chief Metaphor on How to Get Right with God
Right Now despite Sinfulness, Failures and Follies
Loma Linda, September 6, 2008
If you have felt impatient in the last half hour, I know someone much more sinful in that respect. He is talking to you.
None the less, it is a joy to be here. As a matter of fact at my age, it is a joy to be anywhere [laughter].
I beg of you not to be put off by the title assigned me for this lecture. It could just as easily have been “What Is The Bible’s Chief Metaphor On How To Get Right With God Right Now Despite Sinfulness, Failures And Follies?”
The word “forensic” sounds so metallic impersonal, cold. But it just means “according to law”. And law is codified “love”. Law is not God’s creation, it’s God’s nature. Law is alive on God’s throne, sways His scepter, basks in His glory. Without it you and I could not survive 5 seconds. Law tells us, that the universe is not haphazard. Law tells us of the secret of lasting joy is obedience to law – physical, mental and spiritual.
In a talk of this nature technicalities often prevail. I cannot do that. Life is too brief. Most of us here will die unexpectedly. Only a handful of people out of a hundred die in a real old age. The rest of us die as a result of accident or sickness. I cannot play fast and loose. But [I have] the opportunity to do what I can that we might meet together around the great white throne.
A little girl who asked too many questions was told that curiosity killed the cat. She said, “What did the cat want to know?” [laughter]. And what do you most want to know? In a little time left what do you most want to know?
We have a triangular relationship in life: relationship to God, our Author, Creator, Sustainer, Lover, Redeemer; relationship to ourselves, relationship to our neighbor. We can’t accept ourselves unless we know God accepts us. And until we can accept ourselves we cannot accept our neighbor. So to know that God accepts me is the most important issue to be solved today. And I say “today” because today is the day of salvation. Now is the appointed time. We don’t know whether we have a tomorrow.
There is a real conundrum. The Bible says, without righteousness no one will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, and then it says, that there is none is righteous. The answer to that conundrum is what the Bible calls “justification”. 70 times in the Pauline letters, more than reconciliation, propitiation, ransom, redemption, adoption. 70 times! Whole chapters are devoted to it, like Romans 3, 4, 5. That is true of no other metaphor.
This is the word that released millions from spiritual thralldom in Europe in the 16th century. This is the word that changed England and later in the 18th century saved England from a revolution more bloody than that of France. This is the word that motivated Luther, Calvin, Knox, Zwingli, the Wesleys, Whitfield, Jonathan Edwards. This is the word that Spurgeon sent around the whole world to kings and queens of Europe, to University students and Professors, to the wheat fields of Canada, to the gold mines of Australia, pastures of New Zealand. This is the word that transformed broken hearted, depressed, guilt ridden men, and energized them to the blessing of millions.
Never despise this word. It is the biggest word in church history after name Jesus, because it is about what Jesus does. The NIV translates it in 2:13 and 3:20 as “declared righteous”1. There is the genius of it.
It’s a word of grace, that says to me, “Des, you are a rotter, but I love you and I died for you. And just as you are in all your folly, in all your weaknesses I accept you. I accept you!” And justification is a never ending donation. Not just at the beginning of the Christian life. Romans 5 says, “We stand in justification”, “being justified by faith”. It is a never ending donation! The grace of God over this penitent sinner, so that the penitent sinner knows, that he or she is accepted in the beloved, complete in Christ despite a thousand peccadilloes, failures, mistakes and sins. So be careful what you do with this word. It is the biggest New Testament word after Jesus and Calvary. It is the answer to our conundrum.
Doctor James D.G. Dunn says, “this word has had incalculable influence”. I quote him, because he is not a friend of fundamentalists and you might think I am exaggerating. But Dunn says, “justification – the word of incalculable influence and of priceless value. It must never be made peripheral”. must never be made peripheral, because the church that loses justification loses its reason for existence, it loses its dynamic. It has no love to impart in a way that convinces.
The greatest New Testament scholar Schrenk, in his most important NT reference work says, “in Paul’s usage the Greek word for justification is plain and indisputable. All scholars of worth are agreed, that the Greek word for justification means not “make righteous”, as though we were reformed, but “accepted as righteous”, “declared righteous.” That’s the glory of the Gospel!
At the end of the day despite of my failures and fumblings and bumblings I can say, “Thank you, Lord” and go to sleep with the assurance of the eternal life knowing I’ve got the verdict of the last judgment right there. And if I’d fall into a deep pit, the same is true, “I am accepted in the beloved.”2 I am complete in Him, and there is no condemnation3.
When our Lord died as our representative, He took all our sins6.
And I am in Him by faith. I was at Calvary, for I’ve been crucified with Christ, I’ve been buried with Him (Romans 6:4)7. I’ve been raised with Him (Colossians 3:1). I’ve now seated in heavenly places with Him8 in a merciful erecting of God.
You too, if you believe, if you receive.
Same thing. Believing and receiving – same thing, same thing.
But there is a spanner in the works. This wonderful word of grace, for those who are graceless. But the spanner of course is willful sin9. So Christ, recognizing the reality, could save you then being evil. What a statement! The lover of men taking it for granted that those listening to the Gospel, who are very far gone. If you then being evil…10 Of course, none of us love as we should, pray as we should, trust as we should, serve as we should. None of us. We are sinners all our days, and yet accepted.
What then should we say to the Great Judge, in Whose sight the heavens are not pure, Who charges His angels with folly11. By His brightness the stars are darkened. By His strength the mountains are melted. By His anger the earth is shaken.
Who will dwell with a devouring fire? Who will live with everlasting flames? He who speaks the truth in his heart12, whose obedience is flawless, willing, fervent, total, consistent, joyous from morn till night. Nothing else is acceptable to the law. And yet we law breakers, who fall short in all those areas hear the words, “This man receiveth sinners.”13 He’s gone to be guest with him that is a sinner. And we hear the words of the Savior, “Your heavenly Father has mercy on the unthankful and the evil.”14 What a verse! What a truth! What a God! He is kind to the unthankful and to the evil!
So here is Barabbas – your second name and mine – condemned to death, a very bad man. Nothing he could do. And Jesus takes his place. Barabbas goes up that lonely hill and wonders why that man in the central cross should have taken his place. Dear friends, we are Barabbas. Jesus has taken our place!
And there is the penitent thief, a rogue all his days. And Jesus says to him, “Paradise, paradise is yours.” What? Paradise with thieves? Yes. For adulterers? Yes! For murderers? Yes! For the spiritually slothful? Yes! Paradise for all who receive, paradise for all, who believe.
Here is a woman, taken in adultery. And Jesus says, “Nor do I condemn thee. Go and sin no more”. But how can He say that? Because soon He would be flogged, so that by His stripes her wounds would be healed. Soon He would be condemned so she would be justified. Soon He would be stripped, so she could be clothed. Soon He would be mocked, so she could be honored.
What a Savior!
Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood.
Sealing my pardon with His blood.
What a Savior! What a Savior!
And so for you and for me justification is the open door in the temple beautiful of the Christian life, but a door we keep passing through again and again and again. It is more, than forgiveness, it’s acquittal. God says, “I’ll count you as though you’d never sinned.” So many translations use “acquittal”. It is more, then acquittal; it is the imputation of the merits of Christ. That’s better!
Christ was treated as I deserve that I might be treated as He deserves. He became what He was not, so I could be treated as being what I am not.
No wonder the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation for whoever believeth, whoever receiveth. Whoever!
You don’t have to be good to be saved. You do have to be saved to be good.
It is not a matter of who you are but whose you are, who do you belong to – the devil or Christ.
We do have a part to play, not a striving to have faith but looking after the Faithful one.
Faith is God’s gift for all who hear the gospel, if they don’t reject it. And so salvation becomes a matter of grace. “By grace are you saved through faith, not of yourselves, it’s the gift of God.”15 “Where sin abounds grace does much more abound.”16 Because of grace justification is called a gift 5 times in Romans 5: “righteousness” a gift, a gift. Not only a gift, but a free gift!
Suppose I tell you that my wife says, “Des, I fixed my eye on a beautiful watch for you, for your birthday. It will cost you 160 dollars.” God knows that we are stupid, so He says, “a free gift”17. Free gift. It’s true! It’s true for you!
You’ve all heard of Bertrand Russell, the skeptic, a British philosopher, lived in about to his 90-s. But you might not know that his daughter wrote about her parents that were brought up in a dry religion of morality without grace, where commands were many and impossible. And they were defeated and depressed. If only someone had told him what Karl Barth learned from Romans, that religion is grace, that ethics is gratitude, religion is grace, religion is gift!
God is better, then we have ever hoped, though we are worse, then we ever suspected.
Millions of Adventists have been like Bertrand Russell. At Minneapolis where justification by faith was first preached, Ellen White said, “It’s the first time I heard it in 45 years, except in conversations with James.”
What on earth were they preaching?
They were stabbing people with the mark of the beast. They had a hate tirade against their brothers and sisters from Catholic church, and most of all they talked of law, law, law, law. They had not read, that the New Testament says, “I through the law died to the law that I might live unto Christ”18
Until you die to the law as a method of salvation you are lost. I through the law died to the law. We never die to it as a standard, we must die to it as a method.
There is a beautiful statement. And I confess to you that justification began to court my soul when I was 15 and read again and again in a little book “Steps to Christ”. There is a statement there that runs like this, “There are many who profess to serve God, but rely on their own efforts to keep the law, to form a right character, to ensure salvation. Their hearts are not moved by any deep sense of the love of Christ. Such religion is worthless and a heavy burden.”
Dear friends, to be a Christian is to have joy unspeakable and full of glory every day. And sin doesn’t have dominion over you because you are no longer under law as a covenant, you are under grace!
Justification is the opposite of condemnation. Condemnation does not mean to make bad, it means to declare bad. But, God gives His gift with both hands, and He justifies no one He does not sanctify. But the righteousness of justification is 100%. But it is outside of me, it is in Him, Christ.
Righteousness and sanctification inside of me is never 100%. So you never worry about how you are doing, but how He has done. Until the guilt of sin is removed there is no power over sin. You cannot break vicious habits till your guilt is gone.
Now my friends, I am going to read to you from two passages of Scripture. Absolutely vital. Would you please look with me at 2 Corinthians 5. Here in 2 Corinthians 5, verses 14 to 21 we have the explanation why God can be so gracious, how He can forgive justly, how He can honor the sacred law by forgiving the law breakers. Here is the answer. 2 Corinthians 5:14: “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.” Please note, it does not say “therefore all need not die”. He was our substitute, but this is talking about Him as our representative. What He did we did. Luther said, “Mine are Christ’s living and dying as though I had lived his life and died his death.” Mine! This is the great exchange. Please look at verse 21. “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”19 What? God made the Creator to be sin? Christ was made a curse for us. The sin of all the ages was focused on that sacred head (quote).
O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, thine only crown:
How does thy vision languish
Which once was bright as morn!
Because He was made to be sin, treated as if all sin was upon Him and as He’d been guilty of all of it. Why? Last part of the verse – in order that we sinners might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
Look now at Mark 14, verse 33. Gethsemane. If you understand Gethsemane, you understand the Gospel. If you don’t understand Gethsemane, you do not understand the New Testament. Listen.
“33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Mark 14:33-40).
It was though a horrible apparition met Him in Gethsemane, that chilled His blood and seared His nerves and brought Him to the brink of death. He’s there in the valley of the olive press. If it had turned one half turn more He would have died.
Why? The Holy One, the Spotless One? God has withdrawn from Him. The atonement has begun.
Friends, beware of any theology that leaves out the atonement. Beware of any theology that denies that Christ was a sacrifice. And if you have doubts, read the last verses of the Hebrews 9, first half of Hebrews 10. About 6 times [it says] He was a sacrifice, He was an offering to God. He died paying the price of the second death. It was not the physical pain. Why was that sky dark? Why is the sun withdrawn? Because God the Father has withdrawn. He could not smile upon the prisoner of the bar. The darkened heavens reveals the darkened soul of Christ.
“My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). Oh, people say, He was not really forsaken. Then Christ was a liar or at least in error. Oh, no, He was forsaken. He was forsaken that you and I might never be forsaken.
Dear friends, never minimize Calvary. Half of John’s Gospel is about Passion Week. A third of Matthew, Mark and Luke is about Passion Week. It’s given 350 times more space then any average day of His life.
The Bible is a cruciful book. It is about Calvary, where God offered Himself as a sacrifice. He endured punishment instead of inflicting it. Himself the punished. Himself the punisher. And He bares the hiding of God’s face. He experiences the second death. He is going through the agony of death far more than a physical death.
Beware of any saccharine Gospel. Beware of any cheap Gospel. The Gospel is about a tremendous extravagance: God emptying His soul out for rebels. God in agony for rebels.
No wonder then that Paul in Galatians 1… Look with me, please. We are going to look at verses 6-9. When you read Paul you hear thunder. He met Christ on the Damascus road. And instead of a self righteous Pharisee became a humble believing child of God. But still very intolerant of error, not of people. Look at verses 6 to 9:
“6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:6-8).
The Gospel meant everything to Christ. Does it mean everything to you?
The Gospel is not like plasticene, it’s changeless like God, it’s everlasting like God and it has power like God. This is why Luther could win the millions; this is why Wesley could transform England. Whenever true Gospel is preached there is power.
Don’t despise the testimony of the Holy Spirit. Centuries of history testify that the Holy Spirit has worked through the Gospel of justification to change the lives of millions of sinful men and women who were without hope. The testimony of church history is that the Holy Spirit has validated this preaching. This is why men could go like Judson to Burma, Hudson Taylor to China, Gilmore to Mongolia. This is why men can go to the islands of the sea that were cannibal. Gospel has power, power of God unto salvation to everyone, great power to a little faith, to everyone who believeth.
Look with me now at Romans very quickly. Apart from the Gospels [this is] the most important book ever written scores many revolutions. F.F. Bruce said, “If you’ll studyPhshs
this book it will mean cataclysmic change for you but wonderfully for the better.” It is a book about justification. Never justification and righteousness, they are the same word. Adventists took 150 years to learn that and then promptly forgot it.
I was with the meetings at Palmdale where day after day we notice whenever Paul links righteousness with faith he’s only ever talking about justification. Not justification plus sanctification. That robs you of assurance! The great lacuna in Adventists Christian experience is a lack of assurance. Adventists get to 80 and 90 not quite sure in which direction they are going. But righteousness and justification are the same word.
Righteous by faith to many Greek scholars means justification by faith. So you don’t have to be cast down by your mistakes, because your salvation is in justification. But it always produces holiness of life. But it’s the general direction, not every act. Transformation of character is a lifetime task. We are accepted in the beginning! We have the verdict of last judgment the moment you believe! You have everlasting life the moment you believe. John 5:2420 – what more can you ask?
So in Romans chapter 1 verse 16 Paul says, “16 I am not ashamed of the gospel“. And he goes on to say, “17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed“.
Literally “a righteousness from God”. When Luther read it, it scared him to death. He said, “How can I love a righteous God, when I am so unrighteous?” One day the light broke through and he saw that the righteousness from God was a gift of righteousness to whomever believed. He said, “Paradise was thrown open”. He said, “I have the key to the Bible!” He said, “My whole life was transformed!” Salvation is free! Righteousness is God’s gift to all who believe.
The early chapters are written like a lawyer’s brief. Chapter 1, Paul looks at the unbelieving world and he says, “They are lost.” Then in chapter 2 he turns to the Jewish world, the believing world and says, “They are lost.” Then in chapter 3 he says, “Let’s face it, our world is lost.”
“What things soever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, the whole world might become guilty.”21 So there is a terrible hush in heaven’s courtroom. And the world is silent. Then an Advocate stands up and collapses and dies. But after a beat of 3 He rises and He says, “But now – but now – a righteousness from God is revealed for all those who have faith.22. For God has sent forth Christ as a sacrifice of expiation or propitiation for sin, that whoever believeth might receive this gift23. God has done it so that He may be just.
Notice that it’s a moral forgiveness; is not a Father Christmas sentimental “Daddy-Daddy”. That God might be just, he repeats it twice. That God might be just. These verses, none of them are about the happy feelings of the believer gets, such as what we call the moral influence theory teaches. None of it is about that. It is all about what God has done legally. And never forget, to be legal is not the same as legalistic. Your marriage is legal, I hope. But I hope it is not legalistic. Legalistic is a perversion of the legal. Don’t confuse them.
You know, there was a man by name of Horace Bushnell, he influenced millions of Christians by teaching what became known as the moral influence theory, that Christ’s death was not a sacrifice, just a gesture. God loves us. As if you are sitting on the edge of the jetty before the sea and friend runs by you and jumps in the water and drowns to prove he loves you. And you are not even in danger! That is the moral influence theory. The death was not a sacrifice, just a gesture to warm our hearts.
Horace Bushnell taught it and it spread like wildfire. But before he died he took it all back. He wrote another book. He said, “There is no fruitage of holiness in the moral influence theory. We must preach the atonement, must preach the propitiatory sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Calvin said, every Christian should read Romans as a daily bread of their soul. Luther said it is the chief part of the New Testament, the purest gospel. Tyndale said it is the light on a way of the whole Scripture. Goday said it is the cathedral of the Christian faith and the greatest masterpiece of the human mind. Colerage said it is the grandest thing every written with a pen. It’s all about good news! It is the only systematic book among the letters, and it is the 1st letter out of the series to the 7 churches. The 7th church is Thessalonians. Those letters were about the Second Advent.
But the 1st letter, Romans, is the most important letter, the biggest, the only systematic one. It is about the meaning of the 1st Advent. We Adventists are being well up with the Thessalonians. We are stuck on the Second. We’ve missed the glory of Calvary! And therefore as some of our pioneers said to each other, ‘We preach the Second Advent, but we are scared to death at the prospect.” We are not ready for the Second Advent, unless we understand the First! Unless I am right with God this minute, death has terrors, Second Advent has terrors, judgment has terrors. But when I understand the cross and I received it, nothing has terrors. Neither death, nor life, nor principalities, nor powers, for nothing can separate me from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus my Lord24
So the first 5 chapters of Romans develop how the power of the gift of being declared righteous is for all who believe on Calvary.
Then in the 6th chapter he moves into holy living. He says, “Do you want to live a holy life? Remember you are not under law as a covenant.” You know the Living Bible is very good on Romans 3, verse 19 and onward. He says, “Now do you see it? No one can ever be made right in God’s sight by doing what the law commands. The more we know God’s law the clearer it becomes we aren’t obeying them. His law serves only to make us see that we are sinners. But now God shows us a different way, not by being good enough and trying to keep His law. Now God says He’ll accepts us, acquit us, declare us not guilty, if we trust in Jesus, then we all will be saved in the same way no matter who we are or what we’ve being like.
There is hope for the hopeless. Hanging on the cross Christ was the Gospel. This is our message – the love of God incarnate in a Dying Sacrifice for Barabbas, for the adulterous, for the penitent thief, for murderous Paul, for chiseling Peter. Dear friends, Heaven is not light years away. Heaven is no further than your thought of recognition that God loves you as though there’s no one else to love. That brings Heaven very near.
This is why the great hymn writers were so good on the Gospel – Paul Gerhard, Charles Wesley, Isaac Watts. Read those hymns again and again and sing them again and again.
Amazing love, how can it be?
That Thou my God should die for me.
And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who shed His blood?
– who caused His death?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
My friends, I have the legitimate 5 minutes. Will you witness your witness to the testimony I have offered you from the Holy Writ?
Are you prepared to say, “Des, this is the Gospel that saved my soul. Des, I’ll be with you at the white throne. I’ll be there, and I am not ashamed today here in this Adventist congregation to say, “This is my gospel, this is about my Lord. This is my only hope”? Dear friend, if that how you feel, come down. We’ll have a prayer. Come now.
Let us pray, “Thank You for loving us. We know that no one can ever love You unless convinced that You love him or her. And yet here is this great commandment to love You with all our heart, mind and soul. You can love us as into loving You. We can’t hammer the rose bud open, but Your gentle love can open our hearts. We thank you, Lord God. We thank you, our Savior and our Redeemer, that You looked upon us in our sin, and You spoke to our hearts. You told us that You loved us. You told us that You’ve accepted us. You told us that we are Yours. That death has no fears. That judgment has no fears. That we have everlasting life. We have the verdict of the last judgment. We have the continual donation of being declared righteous, and there is no condemnation, for we are accepted in the beloved. Thank You, dear God for all Your grace in Jesus on Calvary’s cross. Amen.”
Thank you for your witness.
Dr. Desmond Ford © Copyright 2008
Loma Linda, September 6, 2008
Other Desmond Ford’ materials:
1. Panel discussion followed Desmond Ford’s presentation “Forensic Atonement Theory In Light Of the Christian Gospel“
Questions from the audience:“What is the role of obedience in relation to justification?”
“I am a physical scientist and need to understand mechanisms. How do I get from sinful now to sinless in heaven? Does God rewire my head? And if that is the solution, why did not He do it years ago?”
“Thank you for preaching the Gospel. It’s the first time I’ve heard it in a Seventh Day Adventist church in years. Has the Seventh Day Adventist church ever apologized for defrocking you?”
“Are you a universalist?”
“What about the heavenly sanctuary?”
2. Desmond Ford. “This I believe”
– Loma Linda. September 6, 2008. 8.00-9.30:
“The only people who can moved the world are those whom the world cannot move. …
To what kind of Christian, to what kind of church does the future belongs?
Not to a church that is lazy, shallow, indifferent, timid and weak in its faith;
Not to a church that expects blind obedience and fanatical party loyalty; Not to a church that is the slave of its own history,
Always putting on the brakes, suspiciously defensive and yet, in the end, forced into agreement;
Not to a church that is anti-critical, practically anti-intellectual and dilettantish;
Not to a church that is blind to problems, suspicious of empirical knowledge, yet claiming competent authority for everyone and everything;
Not to a church that is quarrelsome, impatient, and unfair in dialogue;
Not to a church that is closed to the real world.
In short, the future does not belong to a church that is dishonest!
No, the future belongs:
To a church that knows what it does not know;
To a church that relies upon God’s grace and wisdom and has in its weakness and ignorance a radical confidence in God;
To a church that is strong in faith, joyous and certain, yet self-critical;
To a church filled with intellectual desire, spontaneity, animation and fruitfulness;
To a church that has the courage of initiative, and the courage to take risks;
To a church that is altogether open to the real world;
In short, the future belongs to a thoroughly truthful church.” (D. Ford. “This I believe”).
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- Romans 2:13 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. Romans 3:20 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. [-]
- Ephesians 1:6: “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” [-]
- Romans 8:1: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” [-]
- Romans 4:8 “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” [-]
- “25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. 22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee” – Isaiah 43:25, 44:22. [-]
- Colossians 2:13 “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses“ [-]
- Romans 6:4: “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” [-]
- Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus [-]
- For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. Hebrews 10:26-27 KJV [-]
- Matthew 7:11 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? [-]
- Job 25:5-6, 4:18 5 Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. 6 How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm? 18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly [-]
- Psalm 15:1-2: LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? two He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart [-]
- Luke 15:2 2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. [-]
- Luke 6:35 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil [-]
- Ephesians 2:8 [-]
- Romans 5:20: “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” [-]
- KJV Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus [-]
- Galatians 2:19: For I through the law am dead to the law? that I might live unto God. [-]
- 2 Corinthians 5:21 [-]
- John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. [-]
- KJV Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. [-]
- Romans 3:21-22 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference [-]
- Romans 3:25-26 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. [-]
- Romans 8:38-39: “38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” [-]