The questions for this week’s study were written by Adam Geurkink.
- As you prepare your heart for study, know that God desires to reveal Himself to you, and He has given you His Holy Spirit to guide you into truth. Before you open in prayer, consider Jeremiah 9:23-24. “This is what the Lord declares: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord.” Pray for this understanding and knowledge of God with the Holy Spirit as your guide.
- Read Romans 3:24-25
- Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus was tempted in every way but was without sin. He was perfect in His obedience to the Law of God. The righteousness that God demands He provides in the perfect life and sacrifice of Jesus. It is Jesus’ righteousness that we need. How is that righteousness given to us?
- When the righteousness of Jesus’ is given to someone, that person is declared to be “justified”. Justification is not a word that we use commonly but is considered to be the point on which “the Church stands or falls”. What does justification mean, and is it a one time declaration or is it an ongoing process?
- Paul says that we are justified by grace as a gift. How does thinking of justification as a gift help you understand what God has done to save us?
- Redemption is another seldom used word in our culture, but it is helpful to understand the sinner’s position or situation that God finds us in when we are left to ourselves. What does redemption mean, and how does it clarify your understanding of mankind’s condition?
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