Justification by Faith

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Justification by Faith When Jesus died at Calvary, He suffered the wrath of God that all of mankind deserves. Every sinner, Old Testament or New, Jew or Gentile, is justified by faith in Jesus as their sin bearer. In His death Jesus Christ satisfied God’s righteous anger. He also offered justified sinners a righteousness which men could never merit or earn by their works in following the law. Given the condemnation of all men, Jew and Gentile alike, and the fact that justification is based upon faith in Christ’s work and not our own works, man has no reason to boast on his own accomplishments or his standings. In chapter 4, Paul uses Abraham as an example to show that even Abraham was justified by faith and not by his own works. If Abraham could not boast, then how could any man boast that he was a descendant of Abraham?[1] Salvation is offered to all men, whether Jew or Gentile, and salvation is always based on faith.[2] There is no distinction between Jew and Gentile in justification, just as there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile in condemnation. All men shall believe and have faith in Christ or all men shall perish. In Romans 4:9-17, Paul uses Abraham to prove that even in the Old Testament, God did not save only His chosen people[3]. Abraham lived before the Law had been given to Moses. He was also declared righteous on the basis of his faith and not for his works. Furthermore, Abraham was not even circumcised at the time he was reckoned as righteous in the sight of God. It could be said that he was saved as a Gentile. With that knowledge, it becomes known that the uncircumcised can be justified by faith,... ... middle of paper ... ...BIBLE, KING JAMES VERSION HTTP://MIDDLETOWNBIBLECHURCH.ORG/SALVATIO/JUSTIF10.HTM HTTP://WWW.PCEA.ASN.AU/TYRE_JUS.HTML HTTP://WWW.SOUNDOFGRACE.COM/APR99/JUST/JUST-JGR.HTM --------------------------------------------------------------------- [1] King James Version, Romans Ch 4:5 [2] www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/justif10.htm [3] www.carm.org/doctrine/justification_verses.htm [4] King James Version, Romans chapter 2:17 [5] www.carm.org/questions/faithorworks.htm [6] King James Version, Matthew 3:9 [7] www.carm.org/doctrine/justification_verses.htm [8] www.apuritansmind.com/William%20Ames/WilliamAmesJustification.htm [9] www.carm.org/doctrine/justification_verses.htm [10] www.apuritansmind.com?William%20Ames?WilliamAmesJustification.htm [11] King James Version, Acts 23:6

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