Bible Passage:Gal 2:16b
Even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the Law; for by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified.
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This is the true meaning of becoming a Christian, to be justified by faith in Jesus Christ, and not by the works of the Law. It does not mean that faith justifies when love and good works are joined to it. When a man hears that he ought to believe in Christ, and yet, nevertheless, believes that faith does not justify unless it is formed and powered by love, by and by he falls from faith, and thinks: If faith without love does not justify, then faith is empty and unprofitable and love alone justifies, for unless faith is shaped by love, it is nothing. To support this view, the adversaries of Paul allege: "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love . . . . I am nothing." But they are men without understanding. By this false interpretation they have not only perverted the words of Paul, but have also denied Christ and buried all His benefits. We grant that we must teach also good works and love, but it must be done in the appropriate time and in proper place, that is to say, when the question is concerning works and does not touch the article of justification. Here the question is, By what means are we justified and how do we attain eternal life? To this we answer with Paul, that by faith in Christ alone are we pronounced righteous, and not by the works of the Law or by love. We do not reject good works, but we will not suffer ourselves to be removed from this stronghold of our salvation, the thing which Satan most desires. Victory over sin and death, salvation, and everlasting life, come by the Lord Jesus Christ only and alone.
All that I am, e'en here on earth,
All that I hope to be
When Jesus comes and glory dawns,
I owe it, Lord, to Thee.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"
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