The Inevitable Accompaniments of Justification (Zechariah 3:1-10)

Pastor Tom Champness, November 6, 2011
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Justification is an act of God's free grace, in which our sins are forgiven, and placed upon Jesus Christ. In turn, we receive Christ's righteousness. But is that the end of justification? Or are there necessary results that flow from it. Pastor Tom Champness leads us through this wonderful passage in Zechariah 3.

Tags: Christian Living, Doctrine, Justification, Zephaniah

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Zechariah 3

3:1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?” Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.” And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the Lord was standing by.

And the angel of the Lord solemnly assured Joshua, “Thus says the Lord of hosts: If you will walk in my ways and keep my charge, then you shall rule my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you the right of access among those who are standing here. Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who sit before you, for they are men who are a sign: behold, I will bring my servant the Branch. For behold, on the stone that I have set before Joshua, on a single stone with seven eyes, I will engrave its inscription, declares the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day. 10 In that day, declares the Lord of hosts, every one of you will invite his neighbor to come under his vine and under his fig tree.” (ESV)

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