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Welcome to Bible Study! We continue our teaching this month on Salvation by discussing Justification this week.
Review the attached handout on Justification from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary and the referenced Scriptures to help answer our questions on Justification.
Here we go!
1. Justification is a part of Salvation. What is Justification?
Romans 3:22-25
22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. NIV
2. The handout from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary says that justification by grace is defined in the Scripture above. What does Romans 3:24 mean to you in terms of its teaching on justification by grace.
3. Romans 3:23 is quoted often by Christians, what do you think it really means?
2 Corinthians 5:19
19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. NIV
4. What does the reconciliation in 2 Corinthians 5:19 do for our sins?
Romans 5:9
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! NIV
5. Romans 5:9 says justification is based on Jesus Christ and accomplished through his what?
Romans 3:25-26
25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. NIV
6. Justification is God’s justice. What does Romans 3:25 say that God did to demonstrate His justice in allowing us justification by faith?
7. Romans 3:26 says we are justified by our what in Jesus the Christ? How?
Ephesians 2:8-9
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. NIV
James 2:24
24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. NIV
8. In Ephesians 2:8-9 Paul says we are saved (justified) by faith and not works, yet in James 2:24 the Lord’s brother James says we are justified by works and faith. Is this a conflict in the Scriptures?
Ephesians 2:10
10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. NIV
9. How does Ephesians 2:10 help resolve this conflict?
James 2:26
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. NKJV
10. You may have heard of James 2:26 before. What do you think this means to young people today now that you understand justification by grace and justification by faith?
Romans 5:9
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! NIV
Romans 8:30
30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. NIV
11. The handout says there are negative and positive results from justification. What do the above Scriptures tell us about what we are saved from and saved to?
Next week we conclude our study of Salvation by looking at Predestination and Glorification. We will discuss what is predestination? Does it still happen today? What is glorification and when do we get it? See you next week!