Immanuel Lutheran High School, College, and Seminary
Eau Claire, WI

2010-12-02 ILC Chapel — God’s evaluation of us is…

God’s evaluation of us is pass or fail. On our own our grade is “F”. Thank Him for Christ’s 100% perfection in our place.


Date : 2010-12-02
Speaker : Professor Steven Sippert

Romans 4:1–5 (Listen)

Abraham Justified by Faith

4:1 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in1 him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,


[1] 4:5 Or but trusts; compare verse 24


Hymn: TLH 375, st. 4,5: If Thy Beloved Son, O God Organ Audio

4. All righteousness by works is vain, 
The Law brings condemnation; 
True righteousness by faith I gain, 
Christ’s work is my salvation. 
His death, that perfect sacrifice, 
Has paid the all-sufficient price; 
In Him my hope is anchored. 

5. My guilt, O Father, Thou hast laid 
On Christ, Thy Son, my Savior. 
Lord Jesus, Thou my debt hast paid 
And gained for me God’s favor. 
O Holy Ghost, Thou Fount of grace, 
The good in me to Thee I trace; 
In faith do Thou preserve me. 

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