Conclusions from Justification by Faith
What conclusions can be drawn from what has been written so far?
If the righteousness of God is not revealed in the works of the law…
If the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel of Christ…
If the righteousness of God is received by faith…
Where is boasting?
Sinful boasting is finding glory and self-exultation in being a Jew or through the recognition and self-exaltation of human effort.
The law of faith shuts out any human boasting.
- The word law can be understood as a governing rule, the method to operate, or a system of order. God’s law is His governing rule, the righteous way to operate, or the divine system of order given to mankind.
- Faith is the right way in which we must know God and live for God - John 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent."
- Faith is not implicit but explicit in what is to be believed - 1 Corinthians 15:1–11
- Faith is receiving Christ and joining with Him in a relationship - John 1:12–13
- Faith is obeying and following Christ - John 10:26–27
- Faith is a gift from God - Romans 10:16–17; Ephesians 2:8–9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
- Faith produces humility so that one does not boast before God.
Is He a God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles?
God is impartial and makes salvation available to all because He justifies Jews and Gentiles the same way: through faith - Genesis 12:2–3 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
- Faith produces a nonjudgmental view of humanity that desires all to come to Christ.
Do we then make void the law through faith?
Some might argue that being justified by faith without the works of the law makes the law of God useless and ineffective.
- In no way and no how is the law of God irrelevant. On the contrary, believers confirm everything the law stands for.
- The law is right - Romans 7:12
- The law cannot make one right - Romans 3:20a
- The law reveals sin and God’s judging righteousness - Romans 3:19–20
- The gospel is the power of God so that believers can obey the law - Rom 1:16–17
- The law teaches that O. T. saints were justified by faith - Romans 3:21; 4:3, 6
- Faith produces a changed life that loves and obeys the law of God.