God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood.” There you have the gospel. This is the message that changed all of the world of his day.We can never be declared righteous in our own eyes by anything that we can do, but God himself became a man and offered himself as the sinless sacrifice. Then when he got over to James, this is what he read. Do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?All of the way back at the beginning of the Jewish nation, this is the pattern. The scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteous’ and he was called God’s friend.You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.” Do you see that?I want to read you a little article that I pulled out of a magazine on diabetes that I read while waiting at the pharmacy the other day.
In the context, we see that Paul and James are coming at things from different aspects and looking at the same subject from two different ways and complimenting one another’s message.
We can be declared righteous only on the basis of grace through faith. “What shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter. Was not our ancestor, Abraham, considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?
Now in Chapter 4 he’s going to say the great example of this is Abraham in the Old Testament. If in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about but not before God. Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.” That’s what Luther discovered and it changed his life. “For it is by grace that you have been saved through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8). You see that his faith and his actions were working together and his faith was made complete by what he did.
Introduction - Robert J Morgan is the teaching pastor at Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee and is well known for expository messages that are rich in excellent illustrations of Biblical principles.
These sermons are older messages preached on various passages in Romans.
The process of coming up with the twenty-seven books of the New Testament didn’t happen all at once, and it certainly didn’t happen like some people have claimed it did at the Council of Nicea in the early fourth century.