Family Bible Study lesson for June 12: Not Guilty by Association : Friday, May 20, 2005
May 20 2005 by Phillip Hamm

Family Bible Study lesson for June 12: Not Guilty by Association : Friday, May 20, 2005
Friday, May 20, 2005

Family Bible Study lesson for June 12: Not Guilty by Association

By Phillip Hamm
Focal Passage: Romans 3:19-26; 4:1-3; 5:1-2

Do you remember the Los Angeles riots of 1992? Do you remember the television scenes of stores being looted and cars being torched? The riots began when the police offers who had beaten Rodney King were acquitted. Although that wasn't the proper response to the acquittal, we all have that built in tendency to want and demand justice. We want wrongs to be righted and the guilty to be punished. This attitude for justice exists within us because we are made in the image of God and He demands a price to be paid for sin.

Our Guilt Revealed

(Romans 3:19-20)

Paul explains in this passage the current condition of all people. The Old Testament law was given to reveal to the world God's standard. By doing so we each become aware that no one can attain that standard. From the beginning of our life we each show evidence that we are guilty of breaking God's law.

A salesman's call was answered by a child who whispered, "Hello?" He asked to speak to the boy's parents and the child replied by whispering "they're busy." The salesman then asked if anyone else was there. The boy said the firemen were there. The intrigued salesmen asked to speak to the firemen, and the boy replied once again by whispering "they're busy too." The salesman asked if anyone else was home and the boy replied the police were there as well. "Can I speak to the policeman?" the salesman worriedly inquired. Again the boy replied "they're busy too." The salesman didn't know what to think at this point and getting a little worried asked the boy what exactly were his parents, the firemen and the policeman doing. And the boy said with a smile in his voice "they're looking for me."

Just as we do, the little boy unknowingly revealed his own guilt. Therefore, God is aware of our sin and demands that it be paid.

God's Righteousness Revealed

(Romans 3:21-26)

God acquitted us from all our sins. However, God's holiness doesn't allow that our sin simply go unpunished. He requires payment for our sin. That payment came through the death of Jesus on the cross.

Justified by Faith

(Romans 4:1-2)

I remember being taught the definition of justification as a child: "just as if I'd never sinned." This gift is what Jesus offers to us by His death; complete and total forgiveness. There is nothing we need to do to pay for our sin; Jesus has already paid that bill. In fact, there is nothing that we can offer that would pay it. Our responsibility is merely to receive this gift. Any attempt on our part to earn salvation is not only impossible but insulting. Salvation is by grace through faith and not of any type of earned effort, or else, we would have something to brag to God about. The only thing justification leaves for us to brag about is God's rich grace.

Results of Justification

(Romans 5:1-2)

So what happens now that we have had our sin paid for by Christ? Very simply stated, we live like it. The passage states that through justification we have been given peace, access to God, grace, joy and hope. It is now our responsibility to live a life of gratitude to God for the great gift He has given to us. 1 John 2:4 says that "He who says 'I know Him' and does not keep His commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him." It is now our duty and our privilege to live a life of character, love, purity, etc. We live like this not because we need to earn salvation, but because God has so generously given us salvation. He has acquitted us from all our sin.

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