Thursday, July 7, 2011

What Is the Role of Faith in Justification?

Faith in justification fills the same position as faith does in sanctification. (After all, we are justified by faith and we are sanctified by faith.)

What role is that though? Faith fills the same role in justification that works do in salvation. We know that, “While good works will not save even one soul, yet it is impossible for even one soul to be saved without good works.” {FW 111.1}

It would be just as correct to say, “While faith will not justify even one soul, yet it is

Saturday, July 2, 2011

What Is Justification ... It’s Forgiveness, Right?

What does the word, "justification" mean? That's actually a really important question.

Think about it: the Bible says:
  • It was possible to be justified by the Law of Moses. Acts 13:39.
  • We are justified by faith. Romans 3:28.
  • We are justified by Christ’s blood. Romans 5:9.
  • Abraham was not justified by works. Romans 4:2.
  • But actually, he was justified by works. James 2:21. (So was Rahab, vs. 25.)
  • Jesus was justified. 1Timothy 3:16.
Now if I’m foggy as to exactly what “justification” means, these verses will might just seem incomprehensible and even contradictory!