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Abraham’s Justification by Faith in Relation to me. (Part 2)

If the essence of a person’s faith in Christ is dependent on flesh, he will continue to rely on works, the thoughts and acts of works will constantly appear in his path of faith. But if the essence of a person’s belief is by faith, he will keep relying on grace, the methods and experience of grace will constantly appear in his faith living. Today, there are many differences in the doctrines in Christian faith, and these differences come from the misunderstanding towards “faith” and “justification”. Why does the great truth of “justification by faith” disappear so quickly? Why does this truth lose its central emphasis in the pulpits of God’s churches? Why does this God-driven truth reduce to man’s work (deeming faith as works)? Actually, this is the outcome as one inclines towards flesh. The fact that God calls sinners as righteous has clearly shown “God’s sovereign grace”, all come from God-created salvation grace, it is all His works. Here, God also brings in “man’s faith is the connecting point of him receiving the salvation”, meaning, when one believes, he has already received the effects of Christ’s redemption on him, God has credited righteousness to him (not because he has the holy and perfect attributes of God, but it is God who deems him as righteous). Therefore, there’s no element of work of man in faith. Faith is rejecting all self- righteousness, to the extent of completely believing in the God who credits righteousness to sinners. The foundation of such proclamation comes from Christ’s finished work on the Cross. Today, if we are not too clear of the truth of “God credits righteousness to us”, thinking that we are made righteous because of our works or acts of faith, or if we think that becoming righteous means God’s righteousness is lavished on us (thus we’ll no longer sin) – then there remains misunderstanding in our faith. Actually, “God calls us righteous, and credits our faith as righteousness” does not mean that faith is the condition for our salvation; neither does it imply that we can completely submit to God in our path of faith. But it is under the spiritual law that we are proclaimed righteous, our sins are not counted against us, and He is seeing us this way. After this, we still have a lot of inadequacies, or weakness and transgressions, but all these will not change our status of “justified”. Therefore, our faith advances on this status (foundation). We cannot change our status of having justified by faith or have doubts about it because of our own weaknesses, nor can we earn this place of “justified” through many good deeds. If it is so, our faith of “being justified by God” will lose the effect. Instead, being justified by faith tells us that Christ has replaced us, He who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God < 2 Co 5:21>. Thus through faith, it is not I who live but Christ lives in me < Gal 2:20>. Today, we have to be precise in knowing the truth of Abraham’s justification by faith, and know the greatly loved and greatly blessed honorable identity we have in Christ. If we have doubts towards this identity, we should not affirm ourselves by doing more (through works of men) but to first understand the truth of being justified by God. It is through one knowing how he has been justified by God that leads him to live out that righteousness. In this, no religion of men can comprehend such mystery, as religion is always affirming self through man’s works; but gospel is to reveal God’s righteousness, enabling man to connect with Christ through faith, only then can he truly live out the righteousness.

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