THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH
In the Old Testament there are two verses that have the word ‘faith’. (One of those is listed below.) in the New Testament ‘faith’ is found two-hundred twenty-nine (229) times. We are told that our faith is precious, we are saved by faith, kept by faith, endure by faith, and that without faith it is impossible to please God. Abraham and Rahab, Old Testament saints, were actually saved by faith. All works that please God flow from a living faith that God is real and that He rewards those who seek Him.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
HOW DO WE LIVE?
The Christian life is a life of faith in God .
Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:4
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17
But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. Galatians 3:11
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. Hebrews 10:38
WHAT IS JUSTIFICATION?
In theology, justification is the process by which a person is declared innocent or guiltless. Justify – absolve; acquit. Justification- the act of God whereby humankind is made or accounted just, or free from guilt or penalty of sin.
WHO ARE THE JUST?
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. Ecclesiastes 7:20
We are all sinners before a Holy God. Until justified by God’s grace through faith in the blood of Christ, we are not just and are unable to stand before God.
HOW ARE WE JUSTIFIED?
We are justified by when we confess our sin and our need for a Savior.
We are justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His atoning work on Calvary’s cross.
In the LORD (YHWH) shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. Isaiah 45:25
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matthew 12:37
Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Luke 18:10-14
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin… And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 3:19-20, 22-24
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.Galatians 2:16
When we see God’s Word, it is hard to comprehend how so many are trusting in their works, rather than faith to save them.