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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 4

Romans 4:9-15 (1)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 1 Study # 4
September 20, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:If God does not impute sin to those who believe Him, why does He respond as He does to sin in the lives of those whom He has justified?

Introduction:We have been looking into the doctrine of how one might expect to survive a critical evaluation of his deeds and motives by God. We have seen that there can be no such expectation if that critical evaluation has "justification" in mind. We have seen Paul's arguments that there is an absolute hopelessness of "justification" on the basis of God's critical evaluation of one's deeds and motives. For this reason, Paul argued that "justification" has always had the characteristic of being a divine gift that is given at the point of "faith" and that God has revealed this characteristic of "justification" from the beginning. Being justified as a gift by grace through faith is not a new doctrine, but one that has been around from the beginning. Abraham knew and experienced its reality. David, also, knew and experienced its reality.

However, the Bible does not teach that "justification" exempts the people of God from a critical evaluation of deeds and motives by God for every man. Not only does Paul pointedly say that we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ to receive the things done in the body, whether good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10), he also insists that all during the period leading up to that critical evaluation, God responds to man's deeds and motives with "consequences" (Galatians 6:7-8).

The question we are going to address this evening is this: what is the nature of God's reactions to sinful behavior on the part of the "justified"?


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