Making the Argument of Grace through Faith

September 13, 2010 at 11:47 am | Posted in Romans | 5 Comments
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Romans Chapter 2 tells us that we are guilty before God, and that we can’t use our heritage, our religious rituals, or the outward evidence of our behavior to achieve righteousness before God. Chapter 3 starts off by countering the arguments that could come up after the Holy Spirit has already proven that everyone, including the Jewish people, are guilty before God.

The first argument is, “What good is it even being Jewish, then?”

It turns out that, according to God, there are many advantages to being Jewish. God gave His Law to the Jewish people and made a Covenant with them and gave special blessings to them, not the least of which is that the Messiah would come through their heritage.

Some people were already making another argument against the doctrine that the Holy Spirit was teaching through Paul, saying, “Look, if God’s Law was given to point out that it could not be kept, then why should we even do good? Let us do more evil, to bring about more good.” But the Holy Spirit through Paul says God is righteous. He is not slack concerning His promise. He requires faithfulness, because He is faithful. He can judge our unrighteousness, because He is righteous. How do the just live? Or by what do they live? By faith!

Chapter 4 uses the specific example of Abraham, the ancestral father of the Jewish people, to show how Jewish people in the Old Testament times were justified by faith, before the Law, and before circumcision.

Big Words of the Christian Life: Justification (Part 3)

January 20, 2010 at 9:03 am | Posted in big words of the Christian life | 4 Comments
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Previously we have seen:
1. God’s Motive for justification; and
2. God’s Meaning of justification.

Then we saw:
3. God’s Method of justification

This time, I want to look at the Marks of justification – what happens to you when you have been justified.

First, you enjoy a right relationship with God.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1-2, emphasis added

A key element of this right relationship with God is having peace with God. Justification itself is not peace – it is a declaration of peace. If you were at war with an earthly enemy, and you surrendered, you would most likely be:
(a) killed; or
(b) humiliated.
When you surrender to God you are given life, freedom, and peace. Being unjustified, you have (idiotically) no fear of God – or a fear that makes you run from God. That’s where you would be if there was somehow “peace” without justification. Say, for example, if God decided not to attack you or to justify you, but gave you the realization of what you are and Who He is: this would cause you to flee from Him in fear. But, being justified, you still have a fear of God – only now it’s a fear that makes you run to God, not away from God.

In other words, being justified, we have peace with God, and freedom of fellowship with God. Unjustified, we would have no access to God because we would stand condemned before Him. Being justified, God’s grace is our complete sufficiency.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1-2, emphasis added

Blessings from God come by grace, so we are free to ask for blessings. After all, He has declared us to be righteous.

To review: Being justified, we have:
1. Peace with God
2. Freedom of fellowship with God
Furthermore:
3. We have hope.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1-2, emphasis added

Hope makes us rejoice. Our hope is in knowing that God will share His glory with us.

It’s Just Faith

July 28, 2009 at 3:12 pm | Posted in Eternity, Habakkuk, Romans, Salvation | 22 Comments
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If you have no real and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if you have never received Him as your Savior, you are in a dangerous and deadly condition. According to the Bible, when God considers your eternal soul, lifted up before Him, it is not “upright.” In other words, you are not right before God, and you may not stand before Him and live.

How can this situation be rectified? What can you do to escape from eternal death, and receive eternal life? All praise to God, He has made a way! This way is called by some “justification.” Justification is the way that God makes the unrighteous righteous before Him, through His Son, Jesus Christ.

But what is the means by which you can receive this gift from God? Must you work for it? Must you pay for it? Can you inherit it from your earthly parents? Will men grant it to you if you join an organization or perform some rite of initiation? By no means! The only way to be justified before God Almighty is through faith.

Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Habakkuk 2:4

Do you want to live? I mean live eternally? If so, you must transfer your faith from whatever it is currently in, and place it entirely on the Lord Jesus Christ, believing that He paid the price for your sins on the Cross of Calvary, and that He died and rose again.

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Romans 4:5


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