November 05, 2018: SOAP #3259:   Job 28-29; Galatians 1-2 Scripture:  Galatians (NIV) 2:16 [We, Jews by birth,] know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So, we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not […]

November 05, 2018: SOAP #3259:   Job 28-29; Galatians 1-2

Scripture:  Galatians (NIV) 2:16 [We, Jews by birth,] know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So, we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no-one will be justified.

Observation:    There was a special privilege of being born a Jew.   They were born into a culture that recognized God; and that understood that God was interested in them.   But, even Jews, to whom the law was given through Moses, have come to understand that no man, Jew or Gentile, will be given a right standing before God on the basis of how well he kept the law!

There are no exceptions  "  no one will be justified (made just-as-if-I'd never sinned) by keeping the law.   Faith in Jesus is the only hope of justification!

Application:  I had broken the law before I ever understood its regulations.   I was guilty.   Once the law has been broken, it cannot be unbroken.   It can only be satisfied by death.   Since Jesus had no sins of his own, His death can be accepted as payment for my sins"and for the sins of all who accept Him as their Lord and Savior.   It is an amazing plan to demonstrate both the holiness and love of God.

Prayer:   Heavenly Father, I have been the beneficiary of many good things, but none can compare with what Your Son, Jesus, did for me.   He paid for my sins.   Now I am justified in your sight!   Thank you seems so little to say. Amen

Pastor Leon
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