How Does being Justified

How does being justified by faith impact our daily lives? 2

How Does being justifiedPaul a number of times in the New Testament clearly states that Christians are justified by faith alone (, ). Basically what this means is that it is through faith in Jesus Christ alone that we are declared righteous before our holy God and are therefore ‘justified’. It’s in the work that Jesus did on the cross for all of us in taking the punishment for our sins in death, even though He was without blemish, so that through His sacrifice alone we could be justly forgiven by our righteous God who will not allow sin to go unpunished.

Ok, so if we have faith in Jesus, and are therefore declared righteous with God, how does that help us in following Jesus? Jesus says if we love Him we will keep His commandments (). Paul says to work out your salvation with fear and trembling (). Work??!! We are saved through faith in Jesus alone… why do we need to work out our salvation? Jesus has done it for us. If we are saved by grace alone, does it really matter what we do because we are going to be justified before God as long as we believe in Christ… right??

These are questions that are often asked and understandably so. I want to ask an even more practical question: How does being saved through faith in Christ alone help me become more like Christ? I am still a sinful person! I struggle with sin every day! I always seem to be trying to ‘not sin’. It’s like a tug of war within our souls! So how does being saved by faith alone help us in our daily walk with Jesus? How does it help us to reflect Him more and more in our lives? How does it help us stop trying to go against God in our lives?

28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

Romans 5:1

5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

Galatians 3:11

11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Galatians 3:24

24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,

2 thoughts on “How does being justified by faith impact our daily lives?

  • KB

    In the light of New Testament standards for the Christian life, which are far beyond anything the natural man could attain, it is obvious that only by the grace of God and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit can a measure of attainment be achieved in keeping with the will of God for the believer. Accordingly, the believer is exhorted to be holy as God is holy (1 Pe 1:16), and to love as Christ loved (

    34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

    ). As both experience and Scripture demonstrate, man beset by constant temptation and opposition to the holy life could never even partially attain this high standard of conduct apart from the grace and power of the Holy Spirit.

    The obstacles confronted by the Christian in the Christian walk are massive and frontal. A Christian is living in a world system which is utterly contrary to the things of God. He is under constant influence to love the world, to compromise with the world, and to conform to the world. In himself, the Christian does not have the resources to confront such a formidable foe and needs the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

    In addition to the world itself, the Christian also encounters Satan as his arch enemy. The warfare with Satan is very real for anyone who attempts to lead a Christian life, and Paul bears witness to wrestling not with flesh and blood but with satanic powers in

    11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

    . Satan not only blinds the minds of unbelievers (2 Co 4:4) but, like a roaring lion, is seeking whom he may devour (1 Pe 5:8). He is deceptive, often appearing as an angel of light (2 Co 11:14), and according to Christ is both a liar and a murderer (

    44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

    ). Against such an enemy whose wisdom and power far exceed the resources of an individual Christian, there could be no victory apart from the power and grace of God.

    In addition to the confrontation of both the world and Satan, a Christian is faced with his own inner weakness. Although a Christian has a new nature and a new life in Christ, the old nature is still there trying to reassert itself and gain control. As Paul makes clear in

    6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

    For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

    12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

    15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

    20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    and 7, in his own resources he was helpless to contend against such an inner betrayer and needed the power of the Spirit to gain victory. It is a marvelous testimony to the grace of God that believers with all these problems can nevertheless have a life that is glorifying to God if they are empowered by the Spirit.

    • Stu
      Stu Post author

      Thanks KB for your insightful post. As I was reading your articulation of the incredible obstacles that all committed Christians will face, I am reminded of the need to rely on the grace of God every day!

      By Him enabling us alone are we victorious. In our struggles we must never forget that He who is in us is more powerful then he who is in the world (

      Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

      ), and that we are saved because of God’s work alone, not our own. We must never fall for the lie that we are not good enough to be a child of God or have failed. No one or nothing can undo or spoil the sovereign work of God. What a peace and joy that gives us all in the midst of our hardest struggles.

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