Study of Great Bible Truths – Vol. 2 Lesson 14

Lesson 14: Justification by Faith(2)

 This is the key to the Christian Faith, so make sure you have a good understanding of Justification by Faith. Please read all the scriptures associated with justification by faith as noted below.


1. There are two elements of Justification by Faith
a. The whole world is guilty before God. We all need to be forgiven. Something must be done about our guilt. Therefore the first element (or step) in justification is that we are assured by the work of Christ that our sins are covered and therefore they are blotted out. Our sins are forgiven. However, justification does not stop at forgiveness.
b. In addition to our sins being forgiven, we have put to our account the positive righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus kept the law, He honored it, and therefore He is righteous. He met the demands of God’s law. When we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior, God puts the righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ to our account.
2. We are justified by the righteousness of Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:30 
3. Many people believe they can justify themselves by their works, their lives, and their actions. Abraham is the father of faith. His actions did not save Him, His faith in God saved Him. Abraham believed God and it was accounted to his as righteousness. Romans 4:3, Galatians 3:6, James 2:23. 
4. There is a distinct difference between Justification and Sanctification. Justification is an act of God the Father. Sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit. It is God, the Father who declares us righteous and just. It is the Holy Spirit who sanctifies.
a. Justification takes place outside of us.
b. Sanctification takes place within us.
c. Justification removes the guilt of sin.
d. Sanctification removes the pollution of sin and renews us in the image of God.
e. Justification is a once and for all act never to be repeated. It is not a process.
f. Sanctification is a continuous process . We continue to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

5. Our faith does not constitute our righteousness. We look to Christ, not to ourselves, not to our faith. Our righteousness is ENTIRELY in the Lord Jesus Christ. Knowing that God has imputed (ascribed righteous to someone by virtue of a similar quality in another) Jesus Christ’s righteousness to us, we can be certain that all is well between.  

God and all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.


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