The Law of Faith

Apr 12, 2024

Romans 3:27 - “Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.”

With its collection of books written by different authors, the Bible can sometimes be challenging to reconcile its various teachings. One example is the apparent contradiction between Paul's writings on justification by faith and James' teaching on justification by works. However, upon closer examination, it becomes evident that the two teachings are not mutually exclusive but complementary.

According to Paul, we are justified by faith through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. He emphasizes that Jesus Christ did everything necessary to save us, and our justification results from our faith in Him. On the other hand, James stresses that faith without works is dead, and works should result from genuine faith. He argues that our works manifest our faith and are evidence of our justification.

Let us recognize that the two are interdependent. Our justification by faith in Christ opens the door of faith, leading to our justification by works. Our works are a natural outflow of our faith and an indication of our transformation in Christ. The Bible teaches that we are saved by grace through faith alone, and our works are a testament to the faith that saves us.

It is humbling to realize that man has no grounds for boasting about eternal salvation. The reason for this is that no human effort accomplished the work of salvation, but rather, it was through the perfect obedience of Jesus, who willingly shed His blood on the cross to provide remission of sin.

Through Christ's completed work, He established the law of faith, allowing us to receive eternal salvation and become like Him as we grow and mature. This law of faith is a wondrous gift that will enable us to partake in the glorious inheritance that Christ has secured for us through His life, death, and resurrection.

From the moment of our salvation, we are supported, strengthened, and inspired by the law of faith, which enables us to be faithful and effective in sharing the good news. 

We must understand that our good deeds cannot earn us God's favor, for His grace sustains us. We work to demonstrate Christ's power and presence in our lives and exhibit the faith He has entrusted us. Therefore, let us remain steadfast in our devotion to God and serve Him faithfully.

Our Prayer for today!

Dear God, we thank You for the law of faith. Through this law, we acknowledge and accept that our salvation lies solely in Jesus Christ. We are grateful for the faith of Your Son, which empowers us to live a life of faithfulness and service to You. With this faith, we can live our lives with purpose and meaning and serve others with compassion and kindness. We pray that we may always live according to the law of faith and be faithful in our service to You. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.