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– Beyond the pulpit –

Now finally in the gospel given to Paul, the answer is made known by Romans 3:28.

“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”

We understand from the word “Impute” that God takes His righteousness and puts it to the account of all who believe in Jesus Christ. Therefore even though I am a sinner (as Romans 3:23 clearly states), the moment I believe, God credits His righteousness to me and then declares me righteous. This is “justification.”

Romans 8:33 says we are justified by God – He is the Source.

Romans 5:9 says we are justified by blood – Christ’s blood is the Basis.

Romans 5:1 says we are justified by faith – here is the Appropriation.

Romans 4:25 – says we are justified by the resurrection of Christ – This is the Guarantee.

God’s Plan of Salvation Made Plain.

“It shall greatly help thee to understand scripture, if thou mark, not only what is spoken or written, but of whom, and to whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goeth before and what followeth after.” (Miles Coverdale, Prologue to the 1535 Coverdale Bible)

Pastor Tom Schneidmiller is the pastor of the Grace Church, 120 Woodbine, East Liverpool.

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