I’m pure as the driven snow.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
I’m pure as the driven snow. I’ll explain on Key Life.
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Thank you Matthew. We’re studying Galatians and we’re going to look at one more thing in this macrocosm of the gospel. What we’re doing is we’re taking Galatians and Paul is incredible in the way he defines it. And we’re asking the question, how do you define the gospel? And the first thing that you notice about Paul is that he kind of gives you an overview of what the gospel is, and then he gets down and you start getting the details. And in this overview, which we’re going to finish today, we have seen that the gospel is Catholic, that is universal, it is conveyed, in other words shared, continued to the next generation, conspicuous, if you’re saved and you know what your life should really show it, compassionate, but of course, consistent because it’s a consistent gospel and it’s candid because it frees us from self righteousness, and we can be honest and accept honest love and comments from other people. But it’s, there’s one other thing. And I’m just gonna spend a fairly short time on this, because we’re going to get into some details, once we move to the next verses in the second chapter of Galatians. But it’s also, cleansing. Galatians 2:15 through 16,
We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet who know that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified.
So there, deal with it. That’s where we get and a number of other places, the reformation doctrine of justification by faith in Christ alone. Now, as I said, we’re going to say a lot more about this, starting tomorrow, when we move into the rest of the second chapter of Galatians. But you gotta see it, as clear. I said at the beginning of the broadcast that I was as pure as the driven snow. And some of you who said, yeah, sure you are. I am, I am, I am, when I go before God, I go pure, obedient, I fulfill the law. I go before the God of the universe as Holy as he is Holy. And you say, no, you don’t, you’re lying through your teeth, yeah, I do. You know why? Because of another doctrine, which is the twin sister of justification by faith. And that doctrine is called imputation. Not only did Jesus take my sins, he gave me his righteousness. And so every time I stand before the God of the universe, I’m clothed in his goodness and his purity and his absolute obedience. And that makes me something else. Now, if that doesn’t make you want to stand up and dance, even if you’re a Presbyterian, you simply don’t get it. And that’s what it means to be cleansed, to say I can go as the writer of Hebrews said boldly into the throne room of the God of the universe, a God who is holy and righteous and glorious. And I can do that because I have been cleansed. I sometimes will work out in our backyard. Now we live in Florida and while I’m doing this broadcast it’s summer and it’s really hot in Florida in the summer. In fact, I have taken to preaching a lot on hell, in churches where I go, they title the sermon, So You Think It’s Hot Here? No, I really don’t, but I’ll go out and I’ll weed or do some work in the backyard. And generally I come back in dripping wet and I say to my wife, Anna, hug me. And she says, when it gets cold in an hot place, you go take your shower. And then I’ll hug you, that’s what has happened to us, cleansed, a shower that is perfect and makes us perfect. And that’s the gospel. So, and when we forget, and we do. Folks, there’s something about religion, that’ll make you weird. And you forget the very essence of the gospel. You know, when people say Christian, they ought to automatically think forgiven, but they don’t, do they? You say Christian, they think of guilt and manipulation and arrogance and self righteousness and judgment. And sometimes they think about money, and it’s not about any of that. And we have made a horrible error in letting people think that. Christian equals forgiven. I am forgiven. That’s why mercy laughed in Pilgrim’s progress. She was dressed in rags and dirty and she had a dream. And she said in her dream, she looked down and she was dressed beautifully in gold with diamonds. And then she said, I did laugh and laugh and laugh. You can too, cause you’re forgiven. You think about that. Amen.
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