Sunday, October 10, 2010

Justification By Faith


“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

"He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become sons of God, even to those who believe in His name. 

"For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the Law.  We have believed in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no mortal man be justified."

What do these passages of scripture have in common?  They tell us that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ.  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

I am convinced that neither good works, nor mitzvahs, nor religious rituals can save a man’s soul but only justification by faith in Christ.  I am also convinced that no single denomination or independent religious establishment holds a monopoly on reconciliation with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Indeed, Christianity transcends denominations and religions.

During one of the best sermons I've ever heard, the homilist declared that Christians must believe in the works, the words, and the deity of Jesus Christ.

When I think of His works, I think of His crucifixion for our sins & the miracle of miracles, His resurrection from the dead.  When I think of His words, I think of loving God with all our heart, and soul, and mind; and our neighbour as our self, a challenge to all of us.  When I think of His deity, I think of Isaiah 9:6.

"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”

This passage leaves no doubt as to the identity of Jesus.  He is Mighty God and He is co-eternal and co-equal with God the Father.

3 comments:

  1. Independent religious establishment refers to an autonomous church that isn’t affiliated with any denomination.

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  2. Scriptural references: Romans 10:9; John 3:16; John 1:11-12; Romans 3:28; Galatians 2:16; Hebrews 11:1

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  3. Other scriptural references: Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 16:31; John 4:20-24

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