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What’s the Difference Between Having Your Sins Forgiven and Being Righteous?

aired July 29, 2019

Episode 236 Show Notes 

What's the Difference Between Having Your Sins Forgiven and Being Righteous?

From the Show

Whats the difference between having your sins forgiven and being righteous?

What we often heard as a definition for justification was, ‘just as if I’d never sinned.’ Well, that's actually half of it. That's a great and wonderful thing that we're forgiven, “the forgiveness of sins,” but we're still not able to stand in the presence of a holy God and His judgment if we are just forgiven. We have to actually have fulfilled what God has commanded what God has created us for- obedience. We don't have that righteousness. So we can't just be forgiven, we have to actually stand in God's judgment as those who have fully kept his law in order for us to be justified. The good news is, Jesus not only died for our sins, for our forgiveness, he lived a perfect life so that his obedience, as the last Adam, our head, our covenant head, would undo what the first Adam, our first father, did for us. And now, his obedience, Christ’s obedience, takes the place of Adam's disobedience and everything that he accomplished before his father is for us. — Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. How should think about the latest generation who is influenced by everything except scripture and the church?

2. What is the difference between the rules regarding the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good, the manna of the wilderness, and the "hidden manna" in Revelation?

3. What is the difference between having our sins forgiven and being made righteous?

4. What does it mean to be in God's will?






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