Faith Alone (Romans 3:21-31)John Parker, 19th November 2017
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
1. God Justifies People on the basis of Faith Alone vv21 -26
Faith in Christ Jesus Alone
Faith in Christ Jesus' Blood Alone
11. The justification of man
We are accounted righteous before God soley on account of the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through faith and not on account of our own good works or what we deserve. Consequently the teaching that we are justified by faith alone is a most wholesome and comforting doctrine. This is taught more fully in the homily on Justification.
2. Justifying Faith is Never Alone vv 27-31
Boasting is Excluded
No Kind of Person is Excluded
12. Good Works
Although good works, which are the fruits of faith and follow on after justification, can never atone for our sins or face the strict justice of God's judgement, they are nevertheless pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ and necessarily spring from a true and living faith. Thus a living faith is as plainly known by its good works as a tree it is known by its fruit.
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3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,
3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
3:24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
3:25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished--
3:26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
3:27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.
3:28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
3:29 Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,
3:30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.
3:31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.