Some people may think that justification by faith is not necessary because they are justified by works. Others may think they need justification to have salvation. Paul was not ashamed of the gospel and we should not be ashamed either. We must remain in Christ and be justified by God.
Only God can freely give this and not man. All fall short of God’s glory because we sin, but there can be redemption. To have faith is to have obedience, and Paul recognizes you must experience both. Paul states in Romans,
“Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith.” (Romans 16:25-26).
It is an act of God for which He forgives all sins of those who believe in Jesus Christ.
Need of justification by faith:
All are in need. Need of justification are those who prevent themselves of knowing the truth of God. It is clear for everyone to know God, but they take it among themselves to live according to their own rules. No one is righteous and we have all sinned. Justification is by faith, and Paul argues this primary point.
“It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.” (Romans 4:13).
Paul demonstrates the need of justification.
“Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.” (Romans 3:19)
We fall short of God’s requirements. We can either follow God, have a relationship with Him or live the way we want and have an everlasting separation from Him.
Results and benefits of justification by faith:
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2).
Through Jesus and the cross, God has provided salvation for us. We can now be reconciled with our Lord through our faith. The benefits are in the mission of the gospel. The result in living a full Christian life is knowing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and we can live a new life in Christ. We are no longer under the Mosaic law, but now under His new covenant due to the blood of Jesus that made it possible.
Having the Holy Spirit in us helps us respond to what is right and wrong and how to respond to Jesus. Our transformation will be seen by the way we live, act, and treat others. We can be justified by faith because of the peace we have in God. Living in the obedience of faith is Christian living.
Assurance of justification by faith:
It is the power of God that saves us, and the heart of the Gospel is about the Cross.
“For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” (Romans 5:10).
This assurance is given to us by Jesus, whom we become closer to as we grow in our faith. Our continued obedience and love for God must be lived out with God working in our lives. No one other than the Holy Spirit can give us this assurance. We have the assurance that God loves us and the assurance of salvation that comes with being obedient.
God’s promises and blessings are for everyone who believe in Jesus Christ. This is God’s plan that He accomplished through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).
We have so much to look forward to with all the blessings God provides. We can be assured eternal life with our Lord and Savior.
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