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B308 Justification By Faith

Justification – a plea of sufficient reason – that which justifies) to free from sin

Sanctification – to free from sin or evil; to invest with sacred character; to make efficient as the means of holiness.

Impute:- to attribute vilarously (filling the place of another)

Impart:- to bestow a part of, or share out.

RH Sept 3, 1889 “The enemy of man and God is not willing that this truth [justification by faith] should be clearly presented; for he knows that if the people receive it fully, his power will be broken.” (COR 70)

RH Apr 1, 1889 “Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is the third angel’s message, and I have answered, ‘It is the third angel’s message in verity.'” (COR 80-81)

RH June 4, 1895 “Righteousness within is testified to by righteousness without.  He who is righteous within is not hard-hearted and unsympathetic, but day by day he grows into the image of Christ, going on from strength to strength.  He who is being sanctified by the truth will be self-controlled, and will follow in the footsteps of Christ until grace is lost in glory.  The righteousness by which we are justified is imputed; the righteousness by which we are sanctified is imparted.  The first is our title to heaven, the second is our fitness for heaven.” (MYP 35,

RH Mar 11, 1890 “As a people we have preached the law until we are as dry as the hills of Gilboa, that had neither dew nor rain.  We must preach Christ in the law, …” (COR 64)

All have Sinned

Rom 3:23  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Rom 6:23  “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

God’s Provision

Rom 5:18  “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”

COR 23 (A.G. Daniells) “In some way the love of God shining from the cross of Calvary reaches man’s heart.  He yields, repents, confesses, and by faith claims Christ as his Saviour.  The instant that is done, he is accepted as a child of God.  His sins are all forgiven, his guilt is canceled, he is accounted righteous, and stands approved, justified, before the divine law.  And this amazing, miraculous change may take place in one short hour.  This is righteousness by faith.”

D.L. Moody ‘All the heathen religions teach men to work their way up to God; but the religion of Jesus Christ is God coming down to men to save them, and to lift them up out of the pit of sin.”

Imputed Righteousness through Christ

1 Cor 6:11  “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

Isa 45:25  “In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.”

Jer 23:6  “In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

How Jesus put this Transaction into Effect

Isa 53:11  “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”

Rom 5:9  “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

Rom 4:6  “Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,”

The gift of Faith to Avail us of this Salvation

Acts 16:31  “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

Rom 4:5  “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

Heb 4:2  “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”

Heb 11:6  “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.”

Rom 10:17  “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Rom 3:27-28  “Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”

“If the article of justification be once lost, then is all true Christian doctrine lost.”  “He then that strayeth from this ‘Christian righteousness,’ must needs fall into the ‘righteousness of the law’; that is to say, when he hath lost Christ, he must fall into the confidence of his own works.”  Luther on Galatians pp 136, 148.

The Law in relation to Justification

Rom 3:31  “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”

Rom 3:20  “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.”

Gal 3:24  “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

John 6:28-29  “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”

“Faith is not our righteousness.  It is accounted to us in order to righteousness, but not as righteousness; for in that case it would be a work like any other doing of man, and as such would be incompatible with the righteousness of the Son of God; the ‘righteousness which is by faith.’  …. Faith does not justify us as a work, or as a moral act, or a piece of goodness, nor as a gift of the Spirit, but simply because it is the bond between us and the substitute.” Dr Horatius Bonar.

PP 431 “Faith is the gift of God, but the power to exercise it is ours.  Faith is the hand by which the soul takes hold upon the divine offers of grace and mercy.” (also 6BC 1080, 7BC 940)

Examples of Justification by Faith

Rom 4:3  “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”

Gal 3:7  “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.”

Gal 3:13  “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”

Rom 8:1  “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Rom 8:33  “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.”

The Condition to which Justification Leads

a) Peace with God – Rom 5:1  “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”

b) Sonship  –  Gal 3:26  “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

c) Right of access to God  –  Eph 3:12  “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.”

Glorious Possibilities through Justification

a) Eternal life  –  Titus 3:7  “That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

b) Eternal glory  –  Rom 8:30  “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

c) Eternal inheritance  –  Acts 26:18  “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”

AA 551 “”Let us not love in word,” the apostle writes, “but in deed and in truth.”  The completeness of Christian character is attained when the impulse to help and bless others springs constantly from within. ….  “We love Him, because He first loved us.”  In the heart renewed by  divine grace, love is the ruling principle of action.  It modifies the character, governs the impulses, controls the passions, and ennobles the affections.  This love, cherished in the soul, sweetens the life and sheds a refining influence on all around.”

Phil 3:9  “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”

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Source: BR110

JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH

1.  WHAT is the ground of justification on God’s part?

“That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:7.

2.  What is the means through which this justifying grace is made available to the sinner?

“Much more then, being now justified by His [Christ’s] blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Rom 5:9.

3.  How is justification laid hold upon?

“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” Rom 3:28.

4.  What is the only way sinners may be justified, or made righteous?

“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.” Gal 2:16.

5.  What concrete example makes clear the meaning of this doctrine?

“And He brought him [Abraham] forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, So shall thy seed be.  And he believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness.” Gen 15:5, 6.

6.  How is the righteousness thus obtained described?

“And be found in Him, not having thine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” Phil 3:9.

7.  Upon what basis is justification granted?

“And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification.” Rom 5:16.

8.  Upon what basis does the reward come to one who works?

“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.” Rom 4:4.

9.  Upon what condition is faith reckoned for righteousness?

“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Rom 4:5.

10.  How does grace, as the ground of justification, exclude righteousness by works?

“And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.  But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” Rom 11:6.

11.  In what way are both Jews and Gentiles to be justified?

“Is He the God of the Jews only?  is He not also of the Gentiles?  Yes, of the Gentiles also: seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.” Rom 3:29, 30.

12.  What statement testifies to Abraham’s faith in God?

“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that what He had promised, He was able also to perform.” Rom 4:20, 21.

13.  What did this bring to him?

“And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.” Rom 4:22.

14.  How may we receive this same imputed righteousness?

“Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead.” Rom 4:23, 24.

15.  Why must justifying faith lay hold upon both the death and the resurrection of Christ?

“Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.” Rom 4:25.  See 1 Cor 15:17.

NOTE.—The resurrection of Christ, the promised Seed (Gal 3:16), was necessary in order to fulfil to Abraham the promise of an innumerable seed; and therefore Abraham’s faith in the promise of God, which included the resurrection, was reckoned to him for righteousness.  His faith laid hold upon that which made imputed righteousness possible.  See Heb 11:17-19.

16.  What is inseparable from the experience of justification by faith?

“Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Acts 13:38, 39.

17.  How has Christ made it possible for righteousness to be imputed to the believer?

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Rom 5:19.

18.  What prophetic declaration foretold this truth?

“In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.” Isa 45:25.

19.  What other prediction asserts the same great truth?

“By His knowledge shall My righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.” Isa 53:11.

20.  What does the imputed righteousness of Christ enable God to do, and still be just?

“To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” Rom 3:26.

21.  By what name is Christ appropriately called?

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.  In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” Jer 23:5, 6.

22.  What blessed experience follows upon the acceptance of Christ as our righteousness?

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Rom 5:1.

23.  What does Christ thus become to the believer?

“For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.” Eph 2:14.

24.  On what basis is there no possibility of justification for the sinner?

“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.” Rom 3:20.

25.  How does the death of Christ bear testimony to this?

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Gal 2:21.

26.  What is proved by any attempt to be justified by the law?

“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” Gal 5:4.

27.  Why did Israel fail to attain unto righteousness?

“But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.  Wherefore?  Because, they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law.  For they stumbled at that stumbling-stone.” Rom 9:31, 32.

28.  What is revealed by the law?

“By the law is the knowledge of sin.” Rom 3:20.

29.  What bears witness to the genuineness of the righteousness obtained by faith, apart from the deeds of the law?

“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets.” Rom 3:21.

30.  Does faith set aside the law of God?

“Do we then make void the law through faith?  God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” Rom 3:31.

31.  What scripture shows that the righteousness which is received by grace through faith must not be made an excuse for continuing in sin?

“What shall we say then?  Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid.  How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Rom 6:1, 2.

32.  Does faith exclude works?

“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:20.

33.  What is the evidence of genuine, living faith?

“Show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.” James 2:18.

34.  What, then, are the visible proofs of genuine justification by faith?

“Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” James 2:24.  See also James 2:22.

35.  What great exchange has been wrought for us in Christ?

“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor 5:21.

NOTE.—Said Luther: “Learn to know Christ and Him crucified.  Learn to sing a new song—to despair of your own works, and to cry unto Him, Lord Jesus, Thou art my righteousness, and I am Thy sin.  Thou hast taken upon Thee what is mine, and given to me what was Thine; what Thou wast not Thou becamest, that I might become what I was not.” D’ Aubigne’s “History of the Reformation,” book 2, chap. 8.

LOOK upon Jesus, sinless is He;

Father, impute His life unto me.

My life of scarlet, my sin and woe,

Cover with His life, whiter than snow.

Deep are the wounds transgression has made:

Red are the stains; my soul is afraid.

O to be covered, Jesus, with Thee,

Safe from the law that now judgeth me!

Longing the joy of pardon to know;

Jesus holds out a robe white as snow:

“Lord, I accept it! leaving my own,

Gladly I wear Thy pure life alone.”

Reconciled by His death for my sin,

Justified by His life pure and clean,

Sanctified by obeying His word,

Glorified when returneth my Lord.

F. E. BELDEN.

Hymns: 279 Live out Thy Life

384 O God, Mine Inmost Soul Convert

593 Look upon Jesus, Sinless is he

Source: PJJ

Scripture Reading: Phil 3:9 “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Justification by Faith

Ev 596 “Those who would follow Christ must be grounded upon the principles of truth. They need to understand what the Bible teaches in regard to faith, and sanctification through the truth. They must be so established in this knowledge that they cannot be moved to take false positions on the doctrine of holiness, but will be able to illustrate in their lives the practical workings of this heaven-given principle.”

COR 70, 106, 64-65 “The enemy of man and God is not willing that this truth [justification by faith] should be clearly presented; for he knows that if the people receive it fully, his power will be broken.”  “There is not one in one hundred who understands for himself the Bible truth on this subject [justification by faith] that is so necessary to our present and eternal welfare. – R & H Sept 3, 1889”.  “As a people we have preached the law until we are as dry as the hills of Gilboa, that had neither dew nor rain.  We must preach Christ in the law, … R&H Mar 11, 1890.”  “God has sent to His people testimonies of truth and righteousness, and they are called to lift up Jesus, and to exalt His righteousness. R & H May 27, 1890.”

Rom 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Rom 5:18 “Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life.”

COR 23 “In some way the love of God shining from the cross of Calvary reaches man’s heart.  He yields, repents, confesses, and by faith claims Christ as his Saviour.  The instant that is done, he is accepted as a child of God.  His sins are all forgiven, his guilt is cancelled, he is accounted righteous, and stands approved, justified, before the divine law.  And this amazing, miraculous change may take place in one short hour.  This is righteousness by faith.”

D L Moody “All the heathen religions teach men to work their way up to God; but the religion of Jesus Christ is God coming down to men to save them, and to lift them up out of the pit of sin.”

1 Cor 6:11 “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

Isa 45:25 “In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.”

Jer 23:6 “In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this [is] his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

How did Jesus Effect this Justification

Isa 53:11 “He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”

Rom 5:9 “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

Rom 4:6 “Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,”

Through the merits of Christ’s righteousness God is prepared to input His righteousness without works.

How Do We Obtain this Righteousness

Acts 16:31 “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

Rom 4:5 “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

Heb 11:6 “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.”

Rom 10:17 “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Heb 4:2 “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard [it].”

Rom 3:27-28 “Where [is] boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”

Rom 3:31 “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”

Rom 3:20 “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.”

Gal 3:24 “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

John 6:28-29 “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”

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