All tagged Justification

Gracious Unfairness: A Sermon from Matthew 19, 20

There’s a fascinating scene that appears at the end of Matthew 19, in which Peter, speaking on behalf of the rest of the apostles, makes the same self-righteous claim that the “rich young ruler” made to Jesus’s face only a few moments prior. It’s this erroneous assertion by Christ’s disciples that leads him to tell, perhaps, the most intriguing and unsettling parable of the kingdom in all of Scripture.

Green Jackets vs. White Robes: A Sermon from Zechariah 3

Zechariah 3 commences the fourth vision of the Lord to the prophet Zechariah. The first, second, and third visions having told of the future spiritual restoration of the nation of Israel, give way to the fourth vision, as if to answer the prophet’s inquiry, “How?” How will God accomplish this restoration? How will a righteous God clear the names of the guilty?

#38: On Living Fallen & Free with Tullian Tchividjian

In this episode of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I’m joined once again by Tullian Tchividjian to discuss the phrase “simul justus et peccator” and all its vast implications in the life of a Christian. We endeavor to unpack the significance of this phrase and show that it is, indeed, the heart of the gospel message.

Sin & the Self-Justification Architects

It’s pretty clear there’s a problem. Every day, every hour we’re given palpable evidence of mankind’s rampant sin and wickedness. There’s definitely something wrong with the world around us. All over the globe we see widespread death, starvation, and disease.

Pushing on a Pull Door: A Sermon from Philippians 2

One of the pervasive diseases that continues to infect and affect the church is the fallacy of justification by doing. The notion that I can save myself by my works is a dangerous, deadly lie with which we deceive ourselves. But as is clearly seen in Philippians 2, this notion is not only false but a complete misreading of what Scripture actually says. Trying to save yourself by your works is like trying to push open a pull door.

Green Jackets & White Robes: A Sermon from Zechariah 3

God’s justification of sinners has rightly been deemed the fulcrum of the ministry of the church. Or, the doctrine upon which the church stands or falls. That being incontrovertibly true, a right understanding of what justification is and how a holy God goes about justifying the unrighteous will shed brilliant light on just how important this doctrine is — and there is, perhaps, no better scene in which to do that than that of Zechariah 3.

Requiem for the Law

One of the most intriguing pieces of classical music remains Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D minor,” not only for its exquisite musical composition, typical of that of Mozart, but also for the legend and myth surrounding the piece. Mozart’s “Requiem” is, perhaps, his most infamous work, primarily because the original composition was left unfinished.

No Condemnation

It’s true that all Scripture is “God-breathed.” Every line of the Bible is a manifestation of the mind of God, and is there to give us a glimpse of who he really is. Every word is “profitable” and infused with divine beauty. But sometimes the beauty transcends from the heavenly down to even the mere literary level.

What Is Sanctification?

At its core, sanctification is the “pursuit of God” — it’s choosing and reflecting and remembering all that we’ve been given in the gospel of Christ to help us combat the temptations of the world; it’s “seeking those things which are above.”

You’re So Lame

At the beginning of Acts 3, we’re greeted with an interesting portrait of the power of the presence of the Holy Spirit in believers. It tells the account of Peter and John healing a crippled man just outside the gates of the temple. Let’s take a look.

What Is Salvation?

What is salvation? To the follower of Christ, this might seem like a rudimentary question. But I believe that the answer to this question will provide the answer to a myriad of other questions that confound and perplex Christians all across this sphere we call “Earth.”