Faith Brings Justification
Salvation Bible Basics
Romans 3:21-28 says, ‘But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness, that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? Nay, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.’
If a person truly believes, what difference is that going to make in their life? These verses tell us it will make every difference in the world. Here is how God has set it all up. God has shown us what real righteousness is in the person of Jesus Christ. God says there is only one way of salvation, and it is through Jesus Christ.
Everyone who comes to Christ is saved the same way, and that is by believing. It doesn’t matter if you are a pastor of a church or if you are the worst sinner in town. It doesn’t matter if you are a good moral person or if you are a heathen in a foreign country. Every person has sinned against God. Every person is going to stand before Him.
The way God justifies us, makes us right, is by redemption. The word redemption means ‘to be bought back.’ The redemption that is in Christ refers to the fact that Christ paid for our sins. Therefore God is able to buy us back, to redeem us from sin.
When we by faith accept the payment of Jesus Christ as the payment for our sins, God says that we are justified. God is right in doing this, because God demands that sin must be paid for. Either you will pay for your sin by dying and going to Hell for all eternity, or you will believe on Jesus Christ whom God has set forth to be the One to pay for your sins. You will trust in Him, and rest on what He has done. You will count on His work being sufficient to make you right with God.
What did Jesus do to make you right with God? He died on the cross of Calvary to pay for your sins. He died on the cross of Calvary to take your place. Sin had to be paid for. God demands a payment. God doesn’t just snap His fingers and say, ‘I think I’ll be sweet, kind and merciful and let all your sins be forgiven.’ No. Sin had to be paid for, and the only way it can be paid for is either you die and go to Hell for all eternity, or you accept the payment that Jesus Christ has made on the cross of Calvary.
But remember that even though Jesus died for all men, it does not mean that all men are saved. God will not make that payment good on your account until you are ready to admit that you need someone to pay your debt for you. You must admit that your sin is what caused Jesus Christ to have to hang on that cross.