Archive for ‘Imputation’

September 12, 2015

Unless You Believe (John 8:21-30)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, August 23, 2015, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Unless You Believe” from John 8:21-30.

God graciously warns us about our sins, and tells us of the free gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

1. Inability—Because Adam sinned, we are fallen in him. Unless there is an intervention by God, we will die in our sins. What you can’t do Jesus can do for you, if you believe in him.

2. Ignorance—From Jesus’ first appearance, he told the Jewish authorities that he is Yahweh. They refused to believe him, and so persisted to feign ignorance of his identity and true place of origin. When they “lift Jesus up,” his death and resurredtion will show them he is Messiah and Yahweh and that God hates sin. Our sins sent Jesus to the cross. The responsibility you and I bear was borne by Jesus Christ so that we bear it no more. If that is not love, then there is no such thing. If Jesus always does what pleases the Father, then how could he die for the sins of others? By willingly taking their sins upon himself.

3. Consequences of Sin—If left in our sin, we will die in our sin. If God did not hate sin, then Jesus would not have been crucified for our sin. His death shows the severity of God’s anger with sin and the reality of imputation. There is no escaping the consequences of sin, which is death, but by trust in Christ, his death will count as ours and we will receive eternal life which only Jesus deserves. There is hope for the sinner—his name is Jesus Christ. God promises that all who call on Jesus Christ will be saved.

Listen to “Unless You Believe” (John 8:21-30) at