Justification By Faith Alone
Justification by Faith Alone
Is justification a process or is it instantaneous? The Apostle Paul answers that question plainly and clearly. He wrote “Therefore having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:1).
Paul could never have written this if justification is a process. The moment we believe in Jesus Christ we are declared by God to be in a right relationship with Himself in view of our connection to His son. Someone may ask: if I am justified by God on the basis of what Jesus has done for me, is it possible to lose this justification by falling into some sin?
The Biblical answer is plain and clear – Paul says that there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1) Let us then consider a good illustration of this wonderful truth – that no condemnation can ever come upon those justified by the work of Christ.
There was a man in England who put his Rolls-Royce on a boat and went across to the continent to go on a holiday. While he was driving around Europe, something went wrong with the motor in his car. He cabled the Rolls-Royce people back in England and asked, “I’m having trouble with my car; what do you suggest I do?”
Well, the Rolls-Royce people flew a mechanic over! The mechanic repaired the car and flew back to England and left the man to continue his holiday. As you can imagine, the fellow was wondering, “How much is this going to cost me?” So when he got back to England, he wrote the company a letter and asked how much he owed them. He received a letter from the office that read: “Dear sir: There is no record anywhere in our files that anything ever went wrong with a Rolls-Royce.”
Justification is like that! God keeps no record of the sins of those who are in Christ. All our sins are washed away in His precious blood.