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Why is Justification by Faith Such an Important Doctrine?
The Biblical doctrine of justification by faith is what separates Biblical Christianity from ALL other beliefs. In every religion, and even in some so-called Christian churches (cults), man is working his way to God. My friend, only in TRUE, Biblical Christianity, is man saved as a result of God’s grace through faith (Eph.2:8-9). Only when you go to the Bible do you see that justification is by faith, WITHOUT works.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (KJV) . . . grace is the free favor (kindness) of God (verse 5), are ye, even ye Ephesians (Gentiles), who did not have such Promises made to them as did the Jews had (verse 12), are saved, from your calling to your glorification (verses 5-6).
For by grace are ye saved . . . by God’s kindness and mercy, NOT by our own merit, and certainly NOT because we have any claim on it. This is a favorite doctrine of Paul, as it is with everyone who love the Lord Jesus in sincerity (Rom.1:7; 3:24; Eph.6:24).
Through faith . . . God’s grace is bestowed on us through our faith, in connection with believing (Rom.1:17; 4:17).
And that not of yourselves . . . salvation NEVER proceeds from yourself or anything that you do. True faith is the gift of God. It exists in the mind only when the Holy Spirit produces it there, and is, in common with every other Christian blessing, traced to His activity on the heart. God justifies the believer, not for the value of his belief, but for the value of Him (Jesus) in whom he believes. The start of faith, as well as the increase of faith, is from the Holy Spirit of God, by an internal enlightenment in the soul. However "faith" comes by the means which man must benefit himself of, that is, hearing the word of God (Rom.10:17), and prayer (Lk.11:13), even though the blessing is completely of God (1 Cor.3:6-7).
It is the gift of God . . . salvation by grace is God’s gift to us. It is NEVER of merit; it is exclusively by favor. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)
Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV) . . . NO works whatsoever, and NOT any obedience to the ceremonial law (Rom3:20,27).
Lest any man should boast . . . IF works contributed to salvation, think how much bragging would be going on! People would glory in their own works or worth, as men always do, and if they think they have anything of their own which contributes to their salvation, boasting would abound (Rom.3:27; 4:2). God is SO wise!
The word justified means declared or treated as righteous. For a TRUE Christian, justification is the act of God, in not only forgiving the believer’s sins, but imputing to him the righteousness of Christ (1 Cor.1:30) 2 Cor.5:21). The Bible CLEARLY states in several places that justification comes ONLY through faith alone. Justification by faith: (Rom.1:17; 3:22,26-28,30; 4:24-25; 5:1,18; 9:30; 10:10; Gal.2:16; 3:11-14,24; 5:4-6; Phil.3:9; Jam.2:23-26).
Justification is NEVER earned through our own works; but instead, we are covered by the righteousness of Jesus Christ (Eph.2:8; Tit.3:5). The TRUE Christian is declared righteous, and is freed from the guilt of sin . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/true_children_of_god.htm
Justification is a complete and finished work of God, and it is immediate, unlike sanctification, which is an ongoing process of growth by which we become more Christ-like. A person must be justified before they can be sanctified. Justification brings on sanctification. Sanctification: (Jn.17:17; Acts 20:32; 26:18; Rom.15:16; 1 Cor.1:2; 6:11; Eph.5:6; 1Thes.5:23; 1 Tim.4:5; 2 Tim.2:21; Heb.2:11; 10:10,14; 13:12; Jude 1:1)
To understand the doctrine of justification is important for a Christian. Why? Because it is the knowledge of justification and of grace that inspires good works and spiritual growth. And too it is knowing that justification leads to sanctification. Also, knowing that justification is a finished work of God means that Christians have assurance of their salvation. In God’s eyes, TRUE believers have the righteousness necessary to gain eternal life. There are many people who PROFESS to be Christians! When I say TRUE believers, I mean those who POSSESS Christ in their hearts. No one can fool God. He knows a TRUE believer from one who says they are a Christian and is not sincere in their profession of Christ. God knows His TRUE children.
Once a person is justified, there is nothing else he needs in order to gain entrance into Heaven. And once a person is justified, and saved, he CANNOT lose his salvation. He may not receive the rewards he might desire, but he will make it to Heaven. 1 Cor. 3:13-15 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (KJV) http://www.hisservants.org/once_saved,_always_saved_h_s.htm
Since justification comes ONLY by faith in Christ, based on HIS work on our behalf, NONE of our own works are qualified as a means of salvation (Rom.3:27-28). There are many religions that teach the false doctrine (damnable heresy, 2 Pet.2:1), of justification by works. But they are teaching another gospel (Gal.1:6-7), which is really NO good news at all. It will lead only to Hell.
Without understanding the doctrine of justification by faith alone, no one can truly absorb the glorious gift of grace. The definition of grace is God's unmerited favor. It is kindness from God we do not deserve. There is nothing we have done, nothing that we can ever do to earn this favor. It is a gift from God. Grace is God’s divine assistance given to sinful mankind for their regeneration (spiritual rebirth) or sanctification. It is a virtue that can come from Almighty God alone! God’s grace is a state of sanctification enjoyed because of His divine favor. I found this short form of the meaning:
G . . . God's
R . . . riches
A . . . at
C. . . Christ's
E . . . expense
The doctrine of justification by faith helps us understand the simplicity that is in Christ (2 Cor.11:3). Believing justification is by faith keeps us from falling for the LIE that we can earn our way to Heaven. My friend, there is NO ritual, NO sacrament, NO deed, NO amount of money that can make us worthy of the righteousness of Christ. It is ONLY by God’s amazing grace, when we respond to Him in faith, that God will credited to us the righteousness of His Son (1 Cor.1:30). Both the Old and New Testaments say, the just shall live by faith (Hab.2:4; Rom.1:17; Gal.3:11; Heb.10:38).
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