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By Faith Alone We Have Access Into God's Grace
by Heshimu Colar

The Holy Spirit produces every aspect of inward Christianity by the Cross. We are dependent upon God the Spirit to give us such a sincere glimpse of the saving glory of Jesus Christ, that we, in our consciences, have peace with God. This knowledge of peace is the root and vine of all spiritual fruit; you cannot enjoy access into God's grace until He's justified you through faith. "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 5:1)."

Justification by faith tells me that I'M GOOD ENOUGH. We don't need to impress God or anyone else. Yes, we're vile and filthy in ourselves, but the object of our faith is the Lord Jesus Christ, and through faith, all of His obedience is reckoned as our own. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the Law (Gal 3:25). We do need to present God with any righteousness beyond Christ's obedience to the Law on our behalf. We do not need to do anything to make the work of Christ and the gifts of grace effectual in our lives. Grace is bestowed through faith without any works whatsoever (Eph 2:8/ Rom 4:16). "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Gal 5:1)."

Often, preaching the Gospel is called "preaching the faith" (Rom 10:8/ Gal 1:23/ 2 Cor 13:5). No one is saved or has right to baptism without receiving the gospel of the victorious Christ; and, every hearer must be told that faith alone is sufficient for every aspect salvation. Paul and Silas actually began their discourse with the Phillipian Jailer by saying, ". Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house." Only when the simplicity of faith is stressed are sinners able to rest and gain access into the Father's grace.

  1. We burden sinners when we send them to self-examination before exhorting them to REST in Christ. Too many believers have one eye on the faithfulness of Jesus Christ, and the other on the sincerity of their own faith. Therefore, being born of God, they lack assurance. Brethren fix both eyes upon Jesus Christ, and trusting Him, you're saved. In spite of all the reasons that your flesh may give you to doubt, in spite of all that you've done in the past against the grace of heaven, do you believe that the Lord Jesus Christ represents you before the Father and shed His blood to wash away your sins (I John 2:1-2)? Skipping yesterday, do you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ today? O, fix both eyes upon Him and give no glory to the vibrancy or deadness of your feelings. ". Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved."

  2. A sinner is justified by faith without any examination of the fruit of the faith. We are to give all diligence to add unto our faith- moral power, knowledge, temperance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity - but let us first believe (II Pet 1:1-10). Faith alone means without works; faith alone means without feelings; faith alone means without any measurement of my own love. Faith alone gives us the desperately needed assurance of grace whereby we do good works from the thankfulness of love. (Gal 5:6) "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love."

FAITH ALONE TELLS US:
  1. We Stand in grace. Grace is not moveable and the righteousness of Jesus Christ doesn't come and go according to the winds of man's obedience. God has placed us upon the Solid Rock, made Himself our refuge, and we shall never be moved.

  2. While our standing is permanent, our rejoicing is by faith alone. God given faith is not a philosophical thing that leads men to sin. True faith emboldens the conscience and enables a man to surrender to the will of God. "And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the loved of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life (Rom 5:3-5, 10)." Faith makes us glory in tribulations. The present season may be exceedingly painful, but when faith reveals that God sent the trial in love, we say, "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes (Ps 119:71)." Faith waits patiently to obtain what God has promised. Self-confidence is purged and true faith remains, giving glory to God by trusting that what He has promised, He is able to perform (Rom 4:16-21). Faith never hopes in her own righteousness, but faith hopes and receives comfort in the Risen Christ- whose death both reconciled us unto God and clearly manifests the permanence of His love for us.

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