How does being justified by faith impact our daily lives?

How Does being justifiedPaul a number of times in the New Testament clearly states that Christians are justified by faith alone (Rom 3:28, 5:1, Gal 2:16, 3:11, 3:24). Basically what this means is that it is through faith in Jesus Christ alone that we are declared righteous before our holy God and are therefore ‘justified’. It’s in the work that Jesus did on the cross for all of us in taking the punishment for our sins in death, even though He was without blemish, so that through His sacrifice alone we could be justly forgiven by our righteous God who will not allow sin to go unpunished.

Ok, so if we have faith in Jesus, and are therefore declared righteous with God, how does that help us in following Jesus? Jesus says if we love Him we will keep His commandments (John 14:15). Paul says to work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12). Work??!! We are saved through faith in Jesus alone… why do we need to work out our salvation? Jesus has done it for us. If we are saved by grace alone, does it really matter what we do because we are going to be justified before God as long as we believe in Christ… right??

These are questions that are often asked and understandably so. I want to ask an even more practical question: How does being saved through faith in Christ alone help me become more like Christ? I am still a sinful person! I struggle with sin every day! I always seem to be trying to ‘not sin’. It’s like a tug of war within our souls! So how does being saved by faith alone help us in our daily walk with Jesus? How does it help us to reflect Him more and more in our lives? How does it help us stop trying to go against God in our lives?


2 responses to “How does being justified by faith impact our daily lives?

  1. In the light of New Testament standards for the Christian life, which are far beyond anything the natural man could attain, it is obvious that only by the grace of God and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit can a measure of attainment be achieved in keeping with the will of God for the believer. Accordingly, the believer is exhorted to be holy as God is holy (1 Pe 1:16), and to love as Christ loved (Jn 13:34). As both experience and Scripture demonstrate, man beset by constant temptation and opposition to the holy life could never even partially attain this high standard of conduct apart from the grace and power of the Holy Spirit.

    The obstacles confronted by the Christian in the Christian walk are massive and frontal. A Christian is living in a world system which is utterly contrary to the things of God. He is under constant influence to love the world, to compromise with the world, and to conform to the world. In himself, the Christian does not have the resources to confront such a formidable foe and needs the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

    In addition to the world itself, the Christian also encounters Satan as his arch enemy. The warfare with Satan is very real for anyone who attempts to lead a Christian life, and Paul bears witness to wrestling not with flesh and blood but with satanic powers in Ephesians 6:11-18. Satan not only blinds the minds of unbelievers (2 Co 4:4) but, like a roaring lion, is seeking whom he may devour (1 Pe 5:8). He is deceptive, often appearing as an angel of light (2 Co 11:14), and according to Christ is both a liar and a murderer (Jn 8:44). Against such an enemy whose wisdom and power far exceed the resources of an individual Christian, there could be no victory apart from the power and grace of God.

    In addition to the confrontation of both the world and Satan, a Christian is faced with his own inner weakness. Although a Christian has a new nature and a new life in Christ, the old nature is still there trying to reassert itself and gain control. As Paul makes clear in Romans 6 and 7, in his own resources he was helpless to contend against such an inner betrayer and needed the power of the Spirit to gain victory. It is a marvelous testimony to the grace of God that believers with all these problems can nevertheless have a life that is glorifying to God if they are empowered by the Spirit.

    • Thanks KB for your insightful post. As I was reading your articulation of the incredible obstacles that all committed Christians will face, I am reminded of the need to rely on the grace of God every day!

      By Him enabling us alone are we victorious. In our struggles we must never forget that He who is in us is more powerful then he who is in the world (1John 4:4), and that we are saved because of God’s work alone, not our own. We must never fall for the lie that we are not good enough to be a child of God or have failed. No one or nothing can undo or spoil the sovereign work of God. What a peace and joy that gives us all in the midst of our hardest struggles.

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