Justification by faith lays man’s glory in the dust. There was, and is absolutely nothing we could or could of done to save ourselves. We can not make ourselves righteous before God. Our righteousness is nothing, but filthy rags. We can not earn His favour by good works. We can not be justified by the deeds of the law. And we can not earn salvation. For we are justified, declared righteous by faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Believing He died for our sins and resurrected on the 3rd day, so we could be reconciled back to the Father. Salvation is then a free gift from God, given freely because of His Love and grace.
As a consequence of faith, hearts miraculously change. Where there is inexplicable peace, and a love that passeth all understanding. The love of God is shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Spirit, receiving the Spirit of adoption. Where the Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, constantly knowing the Father’s love for us within the depths of our hearts. The conscience is then free, where hearts delight in keeping the law of God. No longer under its condemnation. Its deeds are satisfied by the power of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit by faith. Naturally producing good works as an overflowing of God’s grace. No longer a slave to sin, but to righteousness. Willingly keeping, God’s law and precepts out of love according to His word because of His love for us. Where there is a relationship. Possessing all the fruits of the Spirit. Love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness and faith. Galatians 5:22. Where we can finally rest. Resting in God’s love, having no fear of death.
Romans 5:1-11, Paul Speaks of the plan of salvation. “5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”
The simplicity in just having faith, believing in Jesus Christ’s death for the sins of the world and His resurrection on the 3rd day, seems too simple to accept without any human effort on man’s behalf. Thus, some individually think either subconsciously or consciously to earn God’s favour. This means to doubt in the sacrifice of Christ. Without faith in Jesus Christ there is no peace of mind, there is a constant inner turmoil. The heart still has enmity against the law of God. There is a crippling fear deep down inside. And good works are exercised, not naturally produced by the Holy Spirit from within.
In the place of faith amongst Christians, legalism is embraced. Due to unbelief. Legalism suppresses the tendencies of the sinful nature. Trying to live up to God’s standard of righteousness on one’s own strength. Without faith there is only an intellectual conversion. Demonstrating a change of behaviour, but not a change of heart. Living a life of convenience. Truth is therefore, for whatever is convenient. Hence, the double standard, hypocrisy, critical spirit, hardness of heart, duplicitousness and lawlessness of false converts.
If we would just believe, having faith In the Gospel of Christ we will experience the freedom that our souls have longed for. Having the living water, quench the thirst of our hearts, and no longer having an empty void. Forsaking dead works tainted with our sins. And being set free by the truth, by Jesus Christ Himself.
If you want to change, it is as simple as to believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For He is the saviour that we so desperately need, who came from heaven above to save us from ours sins. All we need to do, is to just look to Him. Look to Him and believe. Will you look to Him and believe this day?