Saved By Faith Alone?
The Apostle Paul argued in Romans 6:1-2, “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” In other words, being a Christian means being a “Christ follower,” and in our seeking to be like Christ we seek to be sinless.
Problem is, we can’t become sinless in this lifetime. Paul laments in Romans 3:23 that “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and later calls himself a wicked man, doing what he doesn’t want to do. And so, God gave the Law so that we could know what sin, as Romans 3:20 states, “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” The law tells us what sin is, but it doesn’t save us. Paul goes on in verses 21-22, “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.”
This is grace! This is what frees us from following 613 commandments (not just 10) with fear and trepidation. We now have the Holy Spirit within the believer guiding us, and so we are free from the Law and live under Grace. Sin is rebellion against God, and with Jesus He changed what we were rebelling against. And so, we now live in a deeper, mature relationship with God than the early childhood of do’s and don’ts.
Romans 3:28-31, “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law... since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith. Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law." Do you now see how we are free from the law, but under grace remain faithful and are no longer in rebellion?
We get better at not sinning as Jesus works His sanctification in us, but we will not truly be sinless until we shed these earthly, fallen bodies and get our new glorified body up in Heaven.
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