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Thursday, February 11, 2016

2 Timothy 3:16 says “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” Tomorrow night will be the last night of our Bible Doctrine Conference. What a tremendous week we have had and what tremendous messages we have heard on the different doctrines of the Bible. We have learned a lot this week, and have been given a lot of information during this week. We are so thankful to Pastor Bill South and Pastor Ronnie Young for taking time out of their schedule to come and preach to us and to help us this week. They have truly been a blessing this week.

Tonight Pastor Ronnie Young started out the evening by preaching on “The Doctrine of Justification” out of Rom. 4:1-8. One of the greatest statements that is made in these sets of verses in found in verse 5 and that is that God justifies the ungodly. God does the justifying and He justifies the ungodly. God didn’t come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. For us to stand righteous before God, we have to have justification in our lives. Justification is to have a standing in righteousness. It is the act of God by the acceptance of the sinner. We are no longer under condemnation but being justified. Justification is our standing in righteousness perpetually (it will never end). Our past is forgiven and our future in insure. Acts 13:38-19 and Rom. 4:5-8. Justification can only take place if we have our sins forgiven and God hath imputed unto us righteousness. All God sees I the righteousness of His people because of our justification through Jesus Christ. In justification our past has be pardoned, has been forgiven and forgotten. Justification is to have our standing in Christ – Rom. 8:33. How does God justify? There can no charges be laid against us because we are always in Christ. Without a reason God saved us. He did it because He’s God. Rom. 5:9 – we are saved from wrath through Him. There is no justification without faith – Rom. 5:1. No justification without the presence of Jesus Christ – Acts 4:24-25. He died for our offences and they are gone. We are justified because He rose from the dead. There is a peace in Rom. 5:1-11. Because his propitiation was accepted, because his life was accepted by God the Father, His blood is there for me, and His atonement is accepted – Rom. 8:36.

Pastor Bill South closed out the evening by preached out of 1 Pet. 1:13-16 on “The Doctrine Of Sanctification.” Sanctification is the goal Jesus has for us since He saved us. Phil. 2:12-14. Sanctification is the root of justification and glorification is the root of sanctification. In the Old Testament sanctification means to set apart as sacred or dedicated to the Lord (people, places, or things, etc.). In the New Testament is means to render or to acknowledge or separate from the profane things and dedicated them unto the Lord. We will never be holy if we are not sanctified. We become holy if we are obedient. Eph. 4:25-27 – He was to present His bride to Himself that we are holy, we are sanctified, we are pure. Sanctification is the work of God – Heb. 10:14, the will of God – 1 Thess. 4:3, and is through the Word of God – John 17:17. There is a threefold process in its character. We first see it positionally, at the time of salvation. We are set apart to God and dedicated to Him because of the Savior, because of His sacrifice and His work on the cross. 1 Pet. 2:9 – we are God’s people. There is a command for us to be holy. Sanctification is progressive. It is progressive in our conduct – 1 John 1:6-7. We should be continually cleansing ourselves of the sins in our lives. We should be more set apart today than when we first got saved. If we stop responding to the light, we will stop progressing in sanctification. We need to be obedient to the light we have been given. As long as we are being obedient to the light that is given to us, we are holy. It is progressive in its correction – Heb. 12:1-8. The word chastening means child training. Training a child takes constant training, and God is constantly training us. When we do wrong He doesn’t spank us every time, but He takes the time to train us. If we’re not progressing, if we never get rebuked or chastened of the Lord, are we even saved? Being chastened by the Lord is evidence of salvation, and if we are not being chastened by the Lord are we even saved? 2 Cor. 3:18 – as we spend time with Him, we become more like Him. Lastly it is permanent one day. One day we will be like Him. One day we will see Him and we shall be like Him. We will be holy, as He is holy

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