Faith in Christ is the only thing that Justifies

Everyone who has ever been saved was saved by Jesus Christ. Even if we go back to Adam or Able or Abraham. They, and all believers since Adam, have been saved by Jesus Christ.

Upon reading that most would agree. But I have heard some pretty odd things in Christianity over the years.

Some think people are saved by keeping the Ten Commandments. Others think sacrifices had merit that brought salvation. A few think Jews under the Law were actually saved by their works. There are still many today who pursue the works of the Law as a means of salvation.

No man was ever saved by the deeds of the Law.

NO MAN was ever saved by the deeds of the Law, including men under the Law. All men have been saved by grace through faith and faith has always been placed in the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ.

No exceptions.

Ever.

“And by him [Jesus Christ] all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.”

People under the Law could not be justified by the law. It was an impossibility. It was never mentioned in the Law that keeping it would save people. It was given as a covenant deal so they could dwell in their Land.

They didn’t last in the Land. Point being: no man can keep it!

No man is justified by works of the Law. Anyone who is justified is justified the same way Abraham was: he believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness. And we know Abraham was saved because his faith produced obedience to God’s Word.

Worked then and it works now.

5 thoughts on “Faith in Christ is the only thing that Justifies”

  1. Explaining genuine faith is probably the hardest part of the gospel message to navigate Jeff, but you do a great job.

    Keep up the good work brother.

  2. Thanks Frank. I always enjoy your comments so keep those up too!

    The genuine faith issue is something I have thought much on. I continue to. So many people botch it. It seems like the botching starts so very small but taken to its logical end creates a vast divergence.

    I want to make sure I keep checking and rechecking and using Scripture so I do not make shipwreck of things.

  3. jeff, you mean Paul, not Frank.
    Paul, he means you, not me.
    Just wanted to deflect the “thanks” to the intended person!

    I like the illustration of Abraham, because it is a plain object lesson which does not take complicated theology to explain. The moment Abraham had the proper faith then the promised son was forthcoming. That means that the right kind of faith is the one which allows God to bring life out of death.

    Real christians, then, are those people in whom miraculous works of God are done…things that cannot be done with all the human effort and talent in the world.

    It’s also good to note that Abraham had to give up on Ishmael before he could receive the faith for an Isaac. Ishmael was a false Christ…a son of a slave. We cannot be slaves to sin and be children of God at the same time…these are two different kinds of children produced by different kinds of faith.

  4. Do we have the right kind of faith, the kind of faith that fills our life with the fullness of God’s love?

    Notice how Paul in his letter to the Ephesians ties together the love of God, and genuine faith, the kind of faith that understands what Christ has done for us, and lives it out!

    “That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. -Eph. 3:17-19

  5. Yeah, good catch Frank! The compliment was for Paul, but it would equally apply to you as well!

    Christ dwelling in our hearts is the same thing as being rooted and grounded in love. If we are in Christ love will make an appearance

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