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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Justify - just (as) if I
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Explaining the passage of Romans 3: 21-22 which teaches justification by grace through faith was the homily given by the Rev. Wally Schievelbein, pastor of Kenedy’s Good Shepherd Lutheran, on Reformation Sunday.

This is the message which is the heart of the preaching of Martin Lutheran and other reformation leaders. No human beings make themselves right with God though works of the law. One is brought into a right relationship with God through the divine activity centered in Christ’s death. This act is a gift of grace that liberates one from sin and empowers faith in Jesus Christ.

Debate the different definitions of righteousness and justification. Righteous in God’ eyes meant no sins committed and follow the laws which God has sent down. To be righteous is to live and follow the Ten Commandment. Martin Luther pictures God as an angry judge who as soon as you broke His law, He would smack you down. These people had just come out of the Dark Ages in which their main concern was just to find food for that day. During the brutal time, the average age was only 45 years. Luther grew up and tried to find another way to live righteous.

When one is justified, God sees you as you are. Luther rejoiced at this meaning. God provided for all as if they had never sinned. One is found righteous by God though faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. This establishes the great equalizer in the belief that no one is better or worse in God’s eyes. The penalty of sin is death and any one guilty of breaking just one law is guilty of all laws (sins).

One is brought into a right relationship with God though the divine activity centered in Christ’s death. This act is a gift of grace that liberates one from sin and empowers faith in Jesus Christ. God makes you justified. Evil people who commit evil sins are simply justified through God’s faith in them. They live the life God gave them but don’t obey the laws.

All people are welcomed as visitors and asked to join in either of the two services each Sunday: Contemporary service at 8:30 a.m. or Traditional Service at 10:45 a.m.. Fellowship conditions invite visitors to also participate in the Adult Sunday School Class at 9:45 a.m.
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