7/5/2016 4:46:10 PM
Justification and Works
Roman Catholicism teaches that faith plus works are necessary for justification and dares to condemn anyone who believes justification is by faith alone. Yet the Word of God declares any righteous deeds are like a polluted garment (Isa. 64:6). Why? Because those doing the works are still dead in their sins and children of wrath (Eph. 2:1-3). Those trying to become justified before God by their works are nullifying the grace of God (Rom. 11:6). Since grace is the only means by which God justifies sinners, we must come to the cross of Christ with empty hands of faith, bringing nothing but our sins (Rom. 3:24). “To the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness” (Rom. 4:5). Does this mean that we are to live the Christian life without works. By no means! Once we have been saved by grace through faith in Christ, then “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). These works are done for God’s glory, in His power, while trusting Him for the outcome!