Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life
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- Jul 13, 2012
Justification requires ONLY belief in God and so we are saved by His grace through our faith in Him.
There is nothing we can do and no work we can perform to gain admittance into the Kingdom of God here on earth or after.
I agree with you, that there is no work we can perform....
I also agree that justification requires belief, however if one says I believe God, but I’m not going to do what He says, then what good is my belief?
Justification requires obedience to what God says.
Not good works
Not the works of the law
Not works that earn justification
But the work, or corresponding action of obedience.
James says it this way -
- Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
Likewise, we see that Abraham was also justified when He obeyed the Lord, when He said to get out of his country, and his family...
And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” Galatians 3:8
Abraham foreshadowed “justification by faith” when he obeyed the command to turn away from his old life (repent) and follow the Lord.
- Here is the same incident from Hebrews.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8
Justification by faith, means we obey the Gospel command to repent.
Repent means biblically to turn to God, in submission to Him as Lord.
They way we repent is to confess Jesus Christ as Lord.
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:10
- with the mouth confession is made unto salvation