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Thesis Statement Of On Justification By Faith

Introduction and Thesis Justification by faith; the point is argued over often. Is there such a thing? Are not works required to obtain salvation? Can a man or woman really be saved by only confessing Jesus Christ as Lord? According to Paul, the answer is yes. One is justified by faith with the confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as it is written in Romans. As written in Romans 10:9, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” 1 Paul here is telling us that all one has to do is confess to believe in Christ in order to obtain salvation. However, Paul later tells us that we can be cut off if we do not remain in Christ. Remaining in Christ could be (and probably is) referring to obeying His commandments. What is the answer to this marvelous riddle? The answer can be found in Romans 8:28-30. Those who God called, He also made like Christ (meaning they would obey His commands) by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, resulting in justification by faith (as it is written in Romans chapter 10). The book of Romans testifies to justification by faith. It confirms this truth as one will see throughout the paper. Justification by faith The writer could not find a more simple explanation of justification by faith then Ronald Nash’s words in the book ‘is Jesus the Only Savior’. Nash writes, Paul’s epistle to the Romans is a detailed analysis of the nature and the ground of justification, the act by which God imputes Christ’s righteousness to sinful humans who have trusted in Jesus. Paul makes it clear that the one and only ground of human justification before the holy God is the atoning work of Jesus Christ. In Romans 10 Paul explains how sinful men attain the righteousness that saves. 2 1 ESV study Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Bibles, 2008), 2044. 2 Ronald Nash, Is Jesus the Only Savior? (Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 1994), 17. 2



takes away from him all excuse for his sin. The law cannot save him from his doom.´ (Cranfield1975)In a more expansive view, Robert L. Dabney, a Presbyterian Theologian during the era of theAmerican Civil War considered it not just ceremonial works that Paul was referring to asunacceptable to God, but also the moral law that is applicable to both Jew and Gentile.³And it is no adequate answer to say he means only to exclude ceremonial works. For  besides that, it is improbable the Apostle would ever have thought it worth his while toargue against a justification by ceremonial works alone, inasmuch as we have no proof any Jew of that day held such a theory; we know that the Hebrew mind was notaccustomed to make the distinction between ceremonial and moral, positive and natural precepts. Moreover, the law whose works are excluded is, evidently from the context, thelaw whose works might prompt boasting, the law which was over Jew and Gentile alike,the law which was the term of the Covenant of works, and from whose curse Christdelivers us.´ (Dabney 1878)According to Stifler, ³Adam did not bring sin into the world by setting a bad example; his oneact wrought a constitutional change of unholiness within his heart. That act resulted in an innatecorrupting principle that transmitted itself just as natural features did.´ (Stifler 1960) In either case, whether reliance on religious law or moral conduct, we can be assured that due to man¶ssinful condition no one can stand before a holy God. We also must assent that God Himself must provide for the helpless transgressor a way of justification as he did in providing Himself alamb as a substitute for Isaac in Genesis 22:1


. Throughout God¶s word, justification ismandated by mans condition and God¶s holiness but what is the actual meaning of the word justification?James R. Edwards in,



, New International Biblical Commentary explains Paul¶sdefinition of justification in this way:In Romans, it is undeniable that Paul¶s favorite term for redemption is the heavilytheological word, ³justification´ (dikaiosune). It is well agreed that justification for Paulis a legal or forensic term referring to the imputed righteousness the believer receives at