Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | August 8, 2022

Faith Alone

Today I received a new devotional from Jeff Wells which I wanted to share with my readers. It is on a foundational subject which should be clearly understood by all Christians.

August 8
Faith Alone

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 Faith alone.

This was one of the rallying cries of the Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe.  We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

It is amazing how strongly the Book of Romans emphasizes that we are saved by faith, not works.  The Greek word for faith (and its cognates) is found four times in Romans 1:16-17, nine times in Romans 3:21-31, nine times in Romans 4:1-15, and eight times in Romans 4:16-25.  And it reappears often, including in this verse, which begins Romans 5.

Why this incredible emphasis that we are justified (made right with God) by faith and therefore we have peace with God?  Why is God so emphatic on this matter?  I can think of five reasons why God is so emphatic that we are justified by grace.

First, the “earn this” mindset is so rooted in the human heart, and we need the continual reminder that we are saved by faith, not by our efforts or merit.

Second, the stakes are so high.  We are talking about eternity – forever and ever.  We must be crystal clear on how we receive salvation:  by faith, not works.

Third, there are difficult passages in the New Testament which seem to suggest that we are saved by works or baptism or obedience or something else, rather than simply receiving the gift of salvation through faith or trust on Christ.  Faith is receiving something, not doing something.  Why does God include difficult passages?  I don’t know.  I can guess, but I don’t know.  But I do know there are many clear passages that teach salvation by faith, not works.  A sound rule of Bible study:  The clear passages interpret the unclear passages.

Fourth, the gospel of grace alone, faith alone, Christ alone counters all human pride.  If we are saved by anything we do, then we can take some of the credit.  But if Christ did it all and we just receive it, then all glory goes to Christ.

Fifth, God is so emphatic because we need to hear the gospel over and over again.  We need the continuous reminder that we get in by grace, not by performance.  Jesus paid it all.  We simply receive it.  By faith.

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