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SELAH! Pause - reflect- just think of that!
Righteousness apart from the Law
Because we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, God gets all the glory.
Salvation is a free gift because it is a receiving of God’s righteousness apart from any human doing. Since we are saved by grace as a gift of God, all the glory goes to God alone. There will be no human praise in heaven.
Christianity is a unique religion because it is not man made. It is the revelation of God.
“But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe” (Romans 3:21-22). The reason God does it that way is because it is impossible for sinners to save themselves, “for there is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus” (vv. 23-24).
The word “Law” in this passage embraces all our human effort to attain a right relationship with God. The Bible clearly teaches that God’s righteousness is received as a gift apart from any human effort. We do not contribute anything in any manner to our justification.
All our human efforts bring upon us the judgment of God.
Take a few moments and look into your own heart and see in whom or what you are trusting for salvation. Have you ceased from your works for God in order to attain a right relationship with Him? Or are you resting on the work that was accomplished for you by Jesus Christ on the cross? “Righteousness apart from the law” is righteousness that God provides. It is righteousness apart from anything we do to merit or gain it. The work of righteousness is fully accomplished by Christ Jesus.
“Righteousness apart from the law” does not even consider our nature or character, but is prepared for us and received as a gift from God. We receive it by abandoning all hope in salvation from anything that we do or merit. God provides it based upon the finished work of Christ Jesus on the cross.
Since we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone we can be saved right now. Our salvation depends on what God has already done in Christ on the cross for us. The finished work of Jesus Christ is the only basis upon which God can declare us in a right relationship with Him. Salvation can be ours now by simply believing on Jesus Christ as our Savior.
The apostle Paul wrote, “Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified” (Galatians 2:16).
Since we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone we can have the assurance of salvation now. There could be no assurance of salvation if it depended on human works, merits, or effort (Rom. 8:1; 1 John 5:13).
What God began in you by His grace He will finish (Phi. 1:6). He will see your salvation through to completion. He has a great investment in you and He will not lose it.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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