24 June 2018              JUSTIFIED BY FAITH Romans 4:20-24 – speaking of Abraham says: No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord. Romans 5:1 tells us therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and Romans 5:9  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. The Christian's hope is described in the above scriptures. There is no other place or work by which man can hope to be saved, the most noble deed and con-fession will not merit salvation. To be justified is to be free from blame and fault. At Calvary Christ does not excuse blame and fault, but they are removed by His blood. To be justified will bring peace into the conscience. There is only one way to bring the peace of God to the heart and that is by faith in Christ and obedience to his word. Faith in Christ is the core of the hope of eternal life. Works that are not prompted by faith in God have little value. No per-son will be able to bring forth such a perfect work that his work would merit the peace of God. The peace of God is not an accomplishment of perfec-tion by man; it is the reward of faith in the perfect work of Christ. Works alone may be able to quiet the conscience, but they do not bring the peace of God to the heart. This peace, which is received by faith in Christ is the gift of God to a penitent sinner who lives in obedience to Jesus Christ. Through repentance man brings his total life's conduct to the cross of Calvary, it does not look for a perfect work on man's part but, rather, for a perfect desire to be obedient to Jesus Christ in all things. This perfect desire, which is a fruit of true faith, Christ observes and rewards with perfect peace. But faith alone is not enough works also are necessary. Galatians 2:16 tells us clearly that yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. No person is able to satisfy the perfect intent of the Law with his works. But by believing, having faith, in the per-fect Lamb of God, all sinners can be justified and then the outworking of that faith is that in obedience to Christ and his directions for our lives we will bring forth the fruits of righteousness that is by works we demonstrate our faith and obedience. With the foregoing in mind let us take the words of  James 2:26 “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead” to heart and realise that faith alone is not enough nor is it salvation on its own, that the works it speaks of are an outpouring or an exhibition you may say of our faith in Christ and its attendant obedience to Him in all things. You may believe in Him but He says: Why do you call me  Lord, Lord, and not do what I tell you? An edited submission from “The Messenger of Truth” Moundridge Kansas
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