Philippians 3:1 – 21
Romans 3:21 – 4:8
Romans 3:21–23 (NKJV)
21But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,
22even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;
23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
I Our need of Justification
Proverbs 30:11–14 (NKJV)
11There is a generation that curses its father, And does not bless its mother.
12There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness.
13There is a generation—oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.
14There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men.
II God’s gift of Justification
Philippians 3:9 (NKJV)
9and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
III Receiving Christ the Lord
John 1:12 (NKJV)
12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
If there be ground for you to trust in our own righteousness, then all that Christ did to purchase salvation, and all that God did to prepare the way for it, is in vain.Jonathan Edwards
If justification depended on works it would be unobtainable.Sinclair Ferguson
In justification we are not only told that Christ has paid the debt of our sins. We receive Christ’s righteousness!Sinclair Ferguson