It is impossible to teach the message of justification by
faith without strong opposition from other viewpoints. Mankind often wants to
take part in his own justification, elevating himself to believe that what he
does and what they he is, good. Notice the important text that plainly explains
what our role is in the process of salvation Ephesians 2:8-10. Paul is
very clear that our works are not the means of, nor do they contribute to, our
justification. Christ saved us and gave us eternal life. God recreates us in His
son that we may do good works. We are God's workmanship. The good works that we
do are the fruits of Justification by faith. Paul talks to believers who have
experienced justification by faith in Titus 3:4-8. Paul states that those
who believe in God should be careful to maintain good works. On the one hand our
works don't save us, on the other hand, genuine justification by faith always
produces good works. It is the evidence of justification by faith. The good
works of the Christian Ecclesia should always be a blessing to humanity.
I. Faith is simply taking God at His word.
· Faith goes beyond the
realm of the natural.
· God says, that if you
walk in the spirit the righteousness of the law will be fulfilled in you; you
cannot question God. We must believe it. We are not talking about the natural,
we are talking about justification by faith.
· God says we are
sinners, but He looks at us as if we are perfect in His Son. God imputes the
righteousness of Jesus Christ to us. We may not feel righteous, but we must
believe what God says.
II. Justification by faith does bear fruits.
· We need to know the
sequence of these fruits. We cannot interchange them, they follow in the exact
sequence that Paul gives them.
· There are three
fruits which Paul details. The first fruit is immediate, the second fruit is
continuous, and the third fruit is ultimate. The three fruits are explained in
1.) The first (immediate) fruit is peace with God.
2.) The second (continuing) fruit is that we are under
grace. We have access to the grace of God.
3.) The third (ultimate) fruit is arriving at the glory of
· At the foundation of
all three of these fruits is justification by faith.
III. It is impossible to please God without faith as we see in Hebrews
· Not one of these
fruits can come by works or by keeping the Law; they can only come by faith.
· We may not have peace
with ourselves, our neighbors, or our government. Paul is not talking about
peace in the general sense. He is not speaking about everything in life being
good, right, and peaceful. Paul is talking about having peace with God. If we
have peace with God, nothing else matters. If we have peace with God, we have
a future that no one can take from us.
IV. What does it mean to have peace with God?
· Justification has
already happened; it is the work of a moment. A change takes place in our
status, our standing with God.
· The very moment we
believe this change takes place. There does not have to be a minister there,
or any other human being. The very moment we believe, our status changes. The
status change is called justification.
· We pass from
condemnation to justification (John 5:24).
· The phrase, "we
have peace with God" is in the present tense. The moment we come under
the umbrella of justification by faith, we have peace from beginning to end.
It is a continuous thing.
· The world in which we
live has no peace. Mankind does not have peace of mind. That is because man
has not discovered the good news of the Gospel, which allows us to have this
· To have this peace,
we must stop exalting ourselves and our works to such a high level, that we
think our works contribute in any way to our great salvation in Jesus Christ.
· We do not have to
wait for glorification to have this peace, security, and the absolute
assurance of salvation. No one can rob us of this peace, except ourselves. Our
hearts should not be troubled; Jesus gave Himself for us, the peace has been
accomplished. All we must do is accept the peace!
V. The greatest thing that Christ did was taste the second death for
· Notice what gave
Christ the power to taste that death in Hebrews 2:9.
· The grace of God made
it possible for Christ to fulfill the will of God. Now grace is assessable to
· The primary meaning
of grace is the loving disposition that God has toward us. God sent His Son so
that through His Son He could save us. In Ephesians 1:7, we see this
very point. The word grace is also the power of God. The gospel is the good
news for all man. We should be anxious to share this special message. People
have the need for this beautiful truth.
VI. The fruits of justification by faith are only for those who believe.
· There is no peace
with God, unless you are first justified by faith.
· Grace is also the
power of God made available to the believer, as we see described in I
Corinthians 15:9-10. Paul explains that he is an apostle not because he
deserved it, rather, because of the grace of God.
· Paul is not against
works; he states he works, but gives the credit to the grace of God. The works
we do is because of the grace of God.
· Paul was given a
thorn in the flesh to keep him humble. Paul pleads with God to have this
removed in II Corinthians 12:7-9. The strength of God is made perfect
in our weakness. All God needed was Paul's willingness.
VII. Grace is used in terms of power.
· The power and grace,
are available to all. Paul discusses power and grace in Ephesians 3:7 and I
· Since we are standing
under grace, we have hope. We can rejoice that we can arrive at the glory of
God. Paul is talking about the glory of the love of God shed in our hearts as
he discusses in Colossians 1:27.
· God can produce a
people who can love as Christ loved. Christ commanded His disciples to love in
John 13:34-35. We are to love one another as Christ has loved us.
Christ loved us so much He gave Himself for us. The disciples turned around,
when they saw Christ give totally of Himself. He was beaten and died for us.
VIII. The disciple knew that Christ was under the curse of the law
· Christ was cut off
from the Father.
· The sacrifice Christ
made turned the disciples lives around; it will turn our life around if we
· Many have used the
scriptures to turn away from God, His way, and His commandments. If you love
the way Christ loved, you will sacrifice and not live selfishly. You will not
go against His nature; you will lead others to Jesus Christ who can give to
them the same love.
IX. Paul states that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
· God created man that
we may be the temple of God. We are to have Christ in us and to reflect
Christ. God wants His glory to shine through us. God has planned this for all
· The fall of Adam and
Eve robbed us of the glory of God The wonderful thing is that justification by
faith not only gives us a right to the Kingdom of God and to peace, it also
restores the glory of God in us. Romans 5:3, gives us the steps.
· When Christ lives in
us and reveals His glory, we have to say no to the flesh. There will always be
a conflict with the flesh.
· Romans 5:3 gives
us the steps of conflict.
1.) Tribulation or sufferings.
3.) Perseverance produces experience. The experience is
X. When we have Christ in us our flesh will suffer.
· Our suffering
will come from our desires being denied.
· The ultimate fruit is
character. When the character of God is reproduced we will not be disappointed
· God's plan is that
His work will not to be done half way. God's purpose in us, through
justification by faith, is ultimately salvation. Paul states in Romans
8:30, whom God justifies He will glorify.
Our part, from beginning to end, is faith. As long as we walk
by faith, the three fruits are guaranteed. The guarantee is peace with God, our
standing in grace, and our hope in arriving at the glory of God. We must begin
with peace to obtain the glory of God. It is impossible for us to be liberated
from fear, unless we have understood justification by faith. We must cast out
fear to love as stated in I John 4:17-18. Perfect love will cast out
fear. We must understand the love of God. The gospel must liberate us from the
fear of death and judgment. We must have peace. May God bless us, that we shall
know and understand this truth. When we understand this truth it will make us
free from fear. We will then be ready, willing, and able to accept the peace of
God that passes all understanding. Then we will ultimately have the love of God.
A love which is, outgoing care, concern, and love. We will have, most of all, a
sacrificial love. Once this has been done, we can begin to fulfill the new
commandment which Christ gave us; to love one another as Christ loved us. May
God give us His grace so that we may achieve that glorious, wonderful, and marvelous
love of Jesus Christ!