How Can a Person Be Justified Before God

Luke 18:9-14

The Pharisee trusted in HIMSELF

  • Here is the problem: this RELIGIOUS person is comparing himself to the WRONG person
  • The only person we should compare ourselves to is JESUS CHRIST
  • We are IMPERFECT and unrighteous

The tax collector trusted in GOD

  • His actions and attitude give evidence of spiritual BROKENNESS and humility before God

How can a person be justified before God? How can a person be declared righteous before God?

  • SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS will never result in a person, any person, being justified before God
  • In any era, in any generation, sinful man is declared righteous by God’s GRACE through FAITH in Jesus Christ