Justly Covered

John 8:1-11

I. In Christ, others’ sins should be met with compassion.

O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you shall be put to shame; those who turn away from you shall be written in the earth, for they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living water. Jeremiah 17:13

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:1–2

  • Jesus addresses the hypocrisy of the religious leaders. A hypocrisy that all too often, we are quick to imitate.
  • We tend to maximize other’s sins and minimize ours.
  • We justify what we do but judge others for what they do.
  • We excuse our mistakes but we want to execute others for theirs.
  • We criticize the faults others but condone our faults.
  • We delight in our sin but detest others sins
  • How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye. Luke 6:42
  • We lovingly call people to turn from sin, we don’t come to them in condemnation.
  • "There but for the grace of God go I"

II. In Christ, our sin does not bring condemnation.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…

Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Romans 8:1, 33–34

  • For God to look at a Christian and say "You are guilty. You stand condemned." He would first have to look at Jesus and say, I am not pleased enough with you nor satisfied enough with what you did to accept this one."
  • This promise is only for those in Christ. If you are not in Christ, then you will be condemned for your sin.

    III. In Christ, our sin is not condoned.

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?

Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. Romans 6:1, 13

  • One who has truly experienced the grace of God will not abuse it.
  • For a Christian to say, "I’ll sin now and ask God to forgive me later." is to make a mockery of the Cross.
  • Being a Christian, means you not only what Jesus to save you from the penalty of sin, it means you want HIm to save you from the power of sin, so that you hate your sin and what to grow in your walk with God so you are more righteous every day, more like Jesus next month than you were last month."
  • "Every man’s vote is fro salvation from suffering; but they desire not to be saved from sinning…. O be carefully scrupulous here; your soul depends upon it." 17th Century Minister Joseph Alleine

  1. In Christ, our sin is covered.

For all who believe… are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:24–26

  • Justified – declared righteous "Just as if I never sinned."
  • Redemption – bought back and brought back with the payment of a ransom
  • Propitiation – atoning sacrifice – Jesus took upon Himself the punishment for our sin so that through His sacrifice our sin could be covered and the righteous demands of our Holy God could be met.
  • Divine Forbearance – God in His patience, passed over sins looking to the day His Son would pay the price for Sin.
  • Just and Justifier – Jesus was just (Fair, righteous) in not punishing this woman for her sin because he would take upon Himself the penalty for her sin. God is just (Holy, righteous Good), in justifying us even though we don’t deserve it because Jesus took upon Himself our punishment.

Have you turn your life over to Jesus so that your sins are covered?

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