Justification by Faith
Topic: Romans Passage: Romans 3:21–3:31
How can a person be right with God?
This justification that is by grace alone is through faith alone in Jesus alone.
Justification through faith alone does not come through our own actions or efforts.
Saving faith is freely given (vs. 24).
“Faith is simply the attitude of coming to God with empty hands.” Tim Keller
Saving faith rest in the work of Jesus on the cross.
“The man who has faith is the man who is no longer looking at himself, and no longer looking to himself. He no longer looks at anything he once was. He does not look at what he is now. He does not look at what he hopes to be… He looks entirely to the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work, and he rests on that alone.” Martin Lloyd-Jones
Justification is an act of God by which He declares sinners to be righteous by grace alone through faith alone because of Jesus alone.
- Saving faith involves knowledge. Faith without truth is not true faith.
“I cannot have God in my heart if He is not in my head. Before I can believe in, I must believe that…” RC Sproul
“Nothing can enter the sanctuary of the heart unless it first passes through the vestibule of the mind.” John Gerstner
- Saving faith involves belief and assent or acceptance.
“it now remains to pour into the heart itself what the mind has absorbed. For the word of God is not received by faith if it flits about in the top of the brain, but when it takes root in the depth of the heart.” John Calvin
- Saving faith involves trust or commitment.
- Saving faith changes you.