Kitchen Table Theology

054 Justification

April 25, 2021 Pastor Jeff Cranston Season 2 Episode 54
Kitchen Table Theology
054 Justification
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Kitchen Table Theology
054 Justification
Apr 25, 2021 Season 2 Episode 54
Pastor Jeff Cranston

“For the Christian, justification is completely the work of God, which not only forgives our sins but also attributes to us the righteousness of Jesus. Justification can never be earned by our good works; it is only received by faith, based upon the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.” 

In this episode of Kitchen Table Theology, we will discuss the doctrine of Justification, the brevity of what it truly means, and how it affects our standing with Jesus Christ.      

[00:01 - 04:23] What’s The Difference Between Systematic Theology and Doctrine?

  • Systematic Theology is any study that answers the question, “What does the whole Bible teach us today?” Doctrine is what the whole Bible teaches us today about a particular topic.  

[04:24 - 08:05] What Does Justification Mean?  

  • Biblically defined: Justification means to pronounce, accept, and treat as just.1
  • Justification is completely the work of God, which not only forgives our sins but also attributes to us the righteousness of Jesus. Justification can never be earned by our good works.

[08:06 - 10:13] Unpacking Justification From Scripture  

  • Acts 13:38-39

[10:14 - 14:51] What Does It Mean to be Justified?  

  • To have your sins forgiven in such a way that God's honor and integrity are preserved by it.
    • If God merely swept sin under the rug, He could no longer be regarded as the God of justice and truth. But God has found a way, through Jesus, to lay the guilt of our life and heart upon his own Son.

[14:52 - 16:45] How does Justification Affect My Standing with Jesus and My Identity in Him?  

  • Jesus shed his blood on the cross and rose from the grave to reconcile us to God.
    • Both the Old and New Testaments assure us, “The just shall live by faith”

[16:46 - 21:42] So Now What?       

  • Romans 5:1 Tells us that, because of Christ, we are now at perfect peace with God.
  • Final words from Pastor Jeff and Jen.

 

Tweetable Quotes:

“Justification means to have your sins forgiven in such a way that God's honor and integrity are preserved by it.” — Pastor Jeff Cranston

“Justification means that we are restored to favor with God… that the stain of condemnation has been replaced with God’s favor ... I am now, because of Christ, at perfect peace with God. And God has declared that so.” — Jen Denton


Bible Verses Mentioned: 

  • Romans 3:24
  • Romans 3:28
  • Romans 5:9
  • Romans 5:1
  • Galatians 2:16
  • Ephesians 2:8 
  • Titus 3:5
  • Acts 13:38-39
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • Habakkuk 2:4 
  • Romans 1:17
  • Galatians 3:11
  • Hebrews 10:38

Resources Mentioned/ Footnotes:

  • 1 Walter A. Elwell, ed. Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker Books. 1984, p. 593.
  • 2 Paul Enns. The Moody Handbook of Theology. Chicago: Moody Press. 1989, p. 234.

 

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We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at [email protected]

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Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Show Notes

“For the Christian, justification is completely the work of God, which not only forgives our sins but also attributes to us the righteousness of Jesus. Justification can never be earned by our good works; it is only received by faith, based upon the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.” 

In this episode of Kitchen Table Theology, we will discuss the doctrine of Justification, the brevity of what it truly means, and how it affects our standing with Jesus Christ.      

[00:01 - 04:23] What’s The Difference Between Systematic Theology and Doctrine?

  • Systematic Theology is any study that answers the question, “What does the whole Bible teach us today?” Doctrine is what the whole Bible teaches us today about a particular topic.  

[04:24 - 08:05] What Does Justification Mean?  

  • Biblically defined: Justification means to pronounce, accept, and treat as just.1
  • Justification is completely the work of God, which not only forgives our sins but also attributes to us the righteousness of Jesus. Justification can never be earned by our good works.

[08:06 - 10:13] Unpacking Justification From Scripture  

  • Acts 13:38-39

[10:14 - 14:51] What Does It Mean to be Justified?  

  • To have your sins forgiven in such a way that God's honor and integrity are preserved by it.
    • If God merely swept sin under the rug, He could no longer be regarded as the God of justice and truth. But God has found a way, through Jesus, to lay the guilt of our life and heart upon his own Son.

[14:52 - 16:45] How does Justification Affect My Standing with Jesus and My Identity in Him?  

  • Jesus shed his blood on the cross and rose from the grave to reconcile us to God.
    • Both the Old and New Testaments assure us, “The just shall live by faith”

[16:46 - 21:42] So Now What?       

  • Romans 5:1 Tells us that, because of Christ, we are now at perfect peace with God.
  • Final words from Pastor Jeff and Jen.

 

Tweetable Quotes:

“Justification means to have your sins forgiven in such a way that God's honor and integrity are preserved by it.” — Pastor Jeff Cranston

“Justification means that we are restored to favor with God… that the stain of condemnation has been replaced with God’s favor ... I am now, because of Christ, at perfect peace with God. And God has declared that so.” — Jen Denton


Bible Verses Mentioned: 

  • Romans 3:24
  • Romans 3:28
  • Romans 5:9
  • Romans 5:1
  • Galatians 2:16
  • Ephesians 2:8 
  • Titus 3:5
  • Acts 13:38-39
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • Habakkuk 2:4 
  • Romans 1:17
  • Galatians 3:11
  • Hebrews 10:38

Resources Mentioned/ Footnotes:

  • 1 Walter A. Elwell, ed. Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker Books. 1984, p. 593.
  • 2 Paul Enns. The Moody Handbook of Theology. Chicago: Moody Press. 1989, p. 234.

 

Join the Conversation

We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at [email protected]

Visit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church

Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.

Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!