Salvation by Faith in Christ
What is the most important thing you have ever learned?
The issues of eternity hang on the great truth that salvation is
received by grace alone, through faith alone in the saving work of Jesus Christ alone. God
has provided His own righteousness for sinful men and women. The righteousness of God is
all that God demands and approves. This righteousness of God is ultimately found in Christ alone because Christ
met and fulfilled in our place every requirement of the Law. Christ has become our righteousness, and
the righteousness of all who believe on Him.
The righteousness of God has been revealed in the person and work of
Jesus Christ, and God has made it available to us sinners. The righteousness that we need
comes from God, and it is accounted to us by placing our faith in Jesus Christ.
We need His righteousness in order to be saved because we cannot live
up to His perfect standard. The perfect righteousness that God requires is the
righteousness of God revealed in Jesus Christ, and it comes to us from God
and is received as a free gift. If God did not
give us His righteousness, as a gift there is no way we could ever possibly be saved. It
is His gift to those who will humble themselves, confess their need and call upon His name
alone to be saved. No one can satisfy Gods perfect standard by his
Why is the righteousness that Christ provides so important? No one
will ever be saved by good works because we are sinners and come short of the glory of
God. The Bible is very clear, by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in
His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20). Why is it
that no person will be saved by goods works? The fact is only Jesus Christ has kept the
Law perfectly. The rest of us fall short of the glory of God. Yes, the apostle Paul wrote,
the doers of the Law will be justified (2:13), but the problem is no one has
ever perfectly kept the Law with the exception of Jesus, therefore no one will be declared
righteous by the works of the Law. How many times do you have to sin to be a sinner? Just
Have you ever judged someone else for what they did, or for who they
were? Have you ever condemned someone because of his or her attitudes or actions toward
you? Then you condemned yourself (Rom. 2:1).
We need Gods righteousness that He provides because we are
under Gods condemnation and we deserve it (Rom. 1:18-3:20). Every individual is
accountable to a holy God who will not tolerate sin. We are guilty of evil in thought,
word and deed.
This right relationship with God comes to us apart from the
Law. No man can justify himself before God by a perfect performance of the
Laws demands (3:20, Phillips). We are morally corrupt and wicked in the heart.
There is no hope for me if the blood of Jesus
Christ does not wash away all of my sins. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse the heart of sin and its
condemnation. Apart from the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross we are under
Gods wrath and are destined to spend eternity in hell. For
the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their
When you put your faith in Jesus Christ God imparts His righteousness
to you. When God clothed Adam and Eve with the skins of animals He no doubt
explained to them this would one day be the way in which He would clothe
sinners who believe on Christ Jesus with His
righteousness. If you have believed in
Christ as your savior you have been clothed with Christs righteousness
(2 Cor. 5:21; Isa. 61:10).
But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been
manifested . . . even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who
believe (Rom. 3:21-22). No one, Christian, Jew, Gentile, Muslim, Hindu, etc. can be
saved apart from a personal faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; John
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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