Currently, our sermon series is exploring some key aspects of the message of Christ. Last week, we looked at the doctrine of redemption and this week we will study the doctrine of justification. Both of these doctrines together result in reconciliation. When we understand these doctrines and their impact on our lives, they will forever free us from problems with low self-image.
The Doctrine of Redemption
Definition: Redemption is the deliverance from the horrible consequences of my sins due to Jesus’ atoning, sacrificial death on the cross that paid for my sins.
Redemption means that God loved me so much that he sent his one and only son to pay the ransom for my sin. Redemption results in me being forever loved by God and fully forgiven by him.
The Doctrine of Justification
Definition: Justification means that God not only has forgiven me of my sins, but also has granted me the righteousness of Christ.
Justification is a legal term. Because of justification, I bear Christ’s righteousness and I am therefore fully pleasing to the Father who is the righteous judge.
The Doctrine of Reconciliation
Definition: Reconciliation means that although I was at one time hostile toward God and alienated from him, I am now forgiven and have been brought into an intimate relationship with him.
Because of reconciliation, I am totally accepted by God and rightly related to God.
And, what is true for me, is also true for you. Thanks be to our God who redeemed us, justified us, and reconciled us to himself. Therefore, we should all feel really good about ourselves.
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