Only Through Faith

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.  Is he the God of the Jews only?  is he not also of the Gentiles?  Yes, of the Gentiles also:  Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision though faith.

Romans 3:28-30

One of the key tenets of the Protestant Reformation was the idea of “sola fide” or “by faith alone.”  The Catholics had long preached and taught that salvation came from doing good works and from being obedient to the church’s teachings.  The return to reading and believing the Bible brought many back to this idea of justification by faith found in these verses.  Of course, those who continued to read and believe the Bible had known about this teaching long before the Reformation, but that is a subject for the different day.  Today, we are looking at this passage and the fact that our salvation is truly “by faith alone” apart from the works of the law.

These verses tell us that God is the God of both the Jews and the Gentiles.  And He further goes on to explain that both Jews and Gentiles now come to Him in exactly the same way: faith.  “…a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”  “…one God, which shall justify the circumcision (Jews) by faith, and uncircumcision (Gentiles) through faith.”  If a Jew is going to get saved, He is going to have to come to God by faith in Jesus Christ.  If a Gentile is going to get saved, he is going to have to come to God by faith in Jesus Christ.

Salvation is through faith alone.  There is no getting around that fact.  Man often wants to contribute something to his own salvation.  We want to add good works or keeping the Ten Commandments.  But what God demands is simply faith.

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