Things we should know about Faith and God’s Grace.

When you read the first four chapter of Romans, you will see that it clearly states,  the principle that the only way a man can be justified is by faith. He has shown that the means of ignorance, morality and religion are insufficient for salvation. He has clearly shown that faith is the only way sinful men could be saved and illustrated that men of all ages were saved by this same principle.

Romans 10:3,4 tells us that God’s way of making people right with himself, that is, right standing with Him, comes through faith in Christ alone. Some interpret Christ to have accomplished the purpose of the law in the sense that He is the goal or fulfillment of the law. However, “law” here refers to the system of earning righteousness in one’s own strength. Christ has indeed accomplished everything the law requires, but He also put an end to the law as a way of achieving righteousness for all who believe. Thus, Paul emphasizes the sufficiency of faith in receiving the righteousness of God because in fulfilling the law’s demands, Christ terminated its claim. The verse does not mean that a Christian may ignore God’s moral standards or commandments.

Oral confession declares, confirms, and seals the belief in the heart.

Romans 10:3 tells us that God’s way of making people right with himself, that is, right standing with Him, comes through faith in Christ alone.

Romans 10:6-8 tells us that Paul asserts that faith’s way of getting right with God does not demand human merit or effort. Christ has already achieved all that is necessary for our salvation.

Romans 10:8

Romans 10:8-10 New International Version (NIV)

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[a] that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim:If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Romans 10:9 & 10 is the most foundational lesson in the importance and power of faith’s confession found anywhere in the Bible. The principle is established at the very beginning of our life in Christ. Just as salvation (God’s righteousness working in our behalf) is appropriated by heart belief and spoken confession, so His continuing working in our lives is advanced by the same means. Thus as our words “contract” from our side the salvation God has fully provided from His by Christ saving work and power, so we have a principle for all of life. Beginning in this spirit of saving faith, let us grow in active faith–believing in God’s mighty power for all our needs, speaking with our lips what our hearts receive and believe of the many promises in His Word. Let us accept God’s “contracts” for all our need by endowing them with our confessed belief–just as when we are saved. 

Romans 4:17 New International Version (NIV)

17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”[a] He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

2 Timothy 1:12 New International Version (NIV)

12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame,because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.

Through Jesus, we have received abundant grace and the gift of righteousness. This grace does not give us license to sin, it grants us the freedom to live and grow in godliness. Love, humility, and unity are to motivate godly living. Godliness prefers others, does not abuse freedom and honors others in the body of Christ.

Everyone is born in sin. This means we are born sinners and unless we choose to obey God, we are obeying sin. There are 2 choices in life, sin or righeousness in Christ Jesus who freely offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. This salvation is free. So let your life be a daily expression of worship. Do not live according to the ways of the world, but let the Bible change the very way you think. Romans 12:1 & 2 tells us to be a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.  This means do not live according to the ways of the world, but let the Bible which is God’s Word, change the way you think.

Romans 12:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

5 thoughts on “Things we should know about Faith and God’s Grace.

  1. Thank you Sandy! Your writing has some key points I’d like to share with a friend. No human effort or merit is necessary. Hard concept for many. True love and grace is not often shown in this world, thus a big hurdle for some. I like the line about “saving faith” and “active faith” as well! Much to ponder on. Thank – you once again for sharing your insights and Bible knowledge! Big hugs! Mary

  2. Hi Sandy, I really enjoyed reading your blog. You write what you believe and it shows in a wonderful way. You’re very talented… and very much loved! The music you chose was so touching, but it wouldn’t blend in as I tried to listen and read at the same time. Once I listened to the music alone and cried a little bit for joy and thankfulness, then the music was perfect for playing in the background as I finished reading. May our awesome God continue to bless your beautiful heart. Love you so much, my sister.

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