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SELAH! Pause - reflect- just think of that!
God Justifies the Ungodly
The infinitely holy righteous
Jehovah God justifies ungodly sinners.
That is the best news I have
Does that mean that God
pronounces the sinner righteous, or makes a sinner
Justification is a forensic
term meaning that God declares a sinner to be
righteous. It is sanctification by which God makes
the sinner righteous.
Let us be careful not to put
the cart before the horse. Justification comes
first. God justifies the sinner who acknowledges to
himself and God that he is ungodly and cannot make
himself right with God.
God justifies not the
righteous, not good people, not holy people, but the
All men by nature are ungodly.
The very thought strikes against our sinful heart.
It smites our conscience. To be ungodly is to be
unlike God. This is the kind of person God
justifies. It is a fact that no individual can do
anything to deserve a right relationship with a
perfectly holy God.
It is perfectly clear in God’s
Word that every person is a sinner. No one lives up
to the “light” that he has been given, even about
God from nature (Rom. 1:18-23). We all stand guilty
in His eyes.
“There is none that seeks after
God.” The truth is we seek after our own selfish
ways. We follow the desires of our selfish hearts
(1:24-32). We always follow our sinful will until
God in His sovereign grace intervenes.
This knowledge of God makes the
sinner uncomfortable. The ungodly always think they
can sin with immunity. “God will judge the other
person, but not me.” In our magical thinking, we say
surely He will not judge me.
God lets the sinful, rebellious
heart seeks its fulfillment. Three times in Romans
chapter one the apostle Paul says, “God gave them
up” (1:24, 26, 28). The opening chapters of Romans
describe the ungodly heart seeking its own free
will. Paul demonstrates clearly just how far the
ungodly will go in their pursuit of a sinful life
Men and women are lost without
Christ. No one can save himself. Everyone needs the
Savior because “the wages of sin is death” (6:23).
Philosophers and religious
leaders cannot save themselves. Even if you have not
been as bad as someone else has you still do not
merit a right relationship with a holy and righteous
God. The book of Romans hammers away at our
self-deceit saying in effect, “You who judge others,
you are doing exactly the same thing only you cover
up and try to hide your sins from yourself and
others. However, the fact is you are guilty before a
holy God. You may not be as brazen as a Mafia leader
or a gang leader, but you are still committing sins
and trying to justify yourself.”
The Bible declares, “There is
none righteous, no, not one” (3:10). There are no
exceptions. “No, not one.” All are under sin.
Everyone is guilty. How many are righteous? “No, not
one.” “There is none righteous, no, not one.” We
have all sinned. “There is none that does good, no,
The truth is no one can help
himself to be saved. We cannot cleanse our own
hearts. We cannot make ourselves better, no matter
how hard we may try. You cannot purify a cesspool of
iniquity because “out of the heart proceeds evil
thoughts, fornications, adultery,” etc. (Mk.
The first thing we have to
learn as ungodly sinners is there is nothing we can
do to change ourselves. It is not our religious
zeal, not our tears, not our pleading, or doing good
religious deeds that can save us, or even help us to
be saved. Nothing in ourselves can atone for our
sins. Only God can save, and He alone. Thank God.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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