TRUST: Justified by Faith not Works

In this age of entitlement, it seems odd that anyone would be talking about earning something by your works, by your effort. God is clear that “he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”Psalm 103:10 We all sin (Roman 3:23). The result or consequence of sin is death (Romans 6:23); yet, God offers man the opportunity to be forgiven of his sins through Christ Jesus. This explains TRUST: Justified by Faith not Works.

TRUST: Justified by Faith not Works is designed to help us all remember that it is not through works i.e. following a prescription of rules and regulations that enables man to be considered righteous in the eyes of God. In the Old Testament and by the Pharisees and teachers of the law in the New Testament, that’s how they determined if one was righteous, but God is the judge. Their misguided criteria only leads people astray. This is what Paul was addressing in Romans. Remember in Romans 3, he said, “21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,” There is TRUST: Justified by Faith not Works right in the Word of God.
To reiterate TRUST: Justified by Faith not Works, we see Paul expound on that point in chapter four of Romans.

Romans 4:4-6

Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation.However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

There is no amount of “good” works that one can do to make himself worthy, righteous or justified in the eyes of God. Justifies (dikaioōrefers to render righteous or such he ought to be. Righteous (dikaiosynē), in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God i.e. to be approved by God. Man cannot do anything to make himself righteous or acceptable to God. “Righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” TRUST: Justified by Faith not Works

Do your believe that Jesus is the Son of God, God incarnate? Do you believe in Jesus as the Lord and Savior of man? Listen to John 3

18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God…36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

TRUST: Justified by Faith not Works is clear from the text above, but if you still need more proof, let’s go to the Lord Jesus Himself. What does He have to say abut the matter of working to be justified? John 6:28-29 tells us

28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

πιστεύω pisteuō is the Greeek word used there. It is translated as believe. It means to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in; to credit, have confidence; used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul. God expects us to believe, to believe in Jesus as the Son of God, God incarnate, to save the world through His birth, death, resurrection and ascension. If you want to work your way into righteousness or heaven, then Jesus says that work is to believe. No matter how we cut it, the truth is TRUST: Justified by Faith not Works.


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