Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
222 East Epler, Indianapolis IN 46227
March 30th, 2014
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
There are three things in this verse that should fill our hearts with joy, if we have been saved.
The first is in the fact that we are justified by faith. The scriptures are explicit when they state that we are sinners. The Bible uses terms like all gone astray, none good, none righteous, all have sinned and many more. But do we need those verses to let us know that we are not perfect?
The Bible is equally clear that we cannot change our ways sufficiently or earn a place in heaven. It is impossible. Therefore we should rejoice to know that God has found a way to save us in spite of ourselves. If we stand before God in the judgment and receive what we have earned we will all be condemned.
Those who have put their trust in the Lord, however, will stand before him justified, not by works but by faith.
The second point of rejoicing is found in the clause we have peace with God. We, who are by nature children of wrath and the enemies of God, are now at peace with him. Where once he was our enemy he is now not only our friend he is our Father. When the priests of the Old Testament approached the Holy of Holies it was always with fear but we can go boldly to it. They worried about finding death in the face of God but we find the compassion and love of a father.
The third point that should fill our hearts with joy and hope is found in the last clause, through our Lord Jesus Christ. How are we justified and how do we find peace? We find them by faith. But what is our faith in? Is it in our good works? No they will surely fall short. Wherever we search for something to put our hope in we will be disappointed if it in this world.
Jesus, however, is not of this world. He came down from the father. He came in the flesh that was both like and unlike that of every other man. It was like our flesh because there was nothing visible about him that made him different. It was unlike our flesh because there was no sin in it.
Therefore he was able to do what none of us could do. He could be a savior for mankind. He could offer himself for our sins because he had no sins of his son. He could become the captain of our salvation.
For this reason we have justification and peace. For this cause we can rejoice because we have a hope that will not make us ashamed. For this cause we should praise him daily in word and action. For this cause we will gather at his feet one day and worship him in the greatest meeting ever known.
Sister Morgan Moran will be participating in the Relay For Life at IUPUI to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society. If you would like to support this effort there will be a purple bucket in the front of the church.
April 5th from 2-4pm: Bowling outing at Southern Bowl. All are welcome. The cost for children will be covered.
April 22nd at 8:30: Breakfast with Bethel at Bob Evans on 31.
May 4th after morning service: Lunch at The Incredible Pizza Company