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There Is No Boasting of Salvation Before God

Romans 3:27-28 reads:

27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

There is no boasting before God of our salvation.  We are saved by God’s grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) in the finished work of the Lord Jesus (Hebrews 10:10) who died for our sins (1 Peter 3:18).  Jesus is the One who has purchased our salvation (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 1:5).  Our work is to place our total faith in the Lord Jesus and His blood to save us and keep us (John 6:29).

People despise this doctrine.  They want to believe that their works or their goodness or their disciplines all bring about God’s approval.  They fail to see that they have violated God’s law and thus are guilty of breaking all His law (James 2:10; 1 John 3:4).  Those who break the law must be punished or God is not holy and good.  If God is indeed holy and good then He must execute His justice against those who violate His law.  The Bible says that “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (Romans 1:18).  Our sins are bringing the just wrath of God otherwise He is not a good God because He ignores His own law.

People want to make God into their own images.  They want a user-friendly god who doesn’t burn with wrath against sin.  They want a god who is not holy and set apart.  They want a god who hears our prayers no matter what the conditions of our heart may be (Isaiah 59:2).  They want a god who never judges.  They want a loving god who is not pure and holy.  This is not the God of the Bible but our own gods that we have created and will perish with us.  The true God who created all things (and of whom our consciences bear witness) is a holy God.  He is a loving and good God but He is just.

Scripture is clear that God is just (see Exodus 34:6-7; Deuteronomy 32:4; 2 Chronicles 12:6; Nehemiah 9:33; Job 34:17-30; Psalm 33:5, 13-15; 36:6; 45:6; 58:11; 96:13; 97:2; 140:12; Isaiah 30:18; 61:8; Ezekiel 18:4; Zephaniah 3:5; Acts 17:31; Romans 3:25-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 John 1:9; Revelation 16:5-6).  Because God is just, He must punish sin.

God has punished sin in His Son (Isaiah 53:4-6).  The Lord Jesus and the Lord Jesus alone is our substitute for sin (Hebrews 9:22).  Either we are in the Son and have life or we have death upon us (John 3:18, 36; 5:24-25).  When we die, we will stand before a holy and just God who will judge us based upon His law.  All of us will be found guilty (Romans 3:23).  Yet those who have a mediator before God will be saved (1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 7:20-28; 9:11-28).  Jesus’ blood alone is able to wash away our sins before a holy God (Ephesians 1:7).  His death on the cross took our sins (Matthew 26:28) and His resurrection proves that God has accepted the perfect sacrifice of the Son (Romans 4:24-25).  Thus we must confess both His death and His resurrection for our salvation (Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

This work of Christ takes away our self-confidence and our prideful boasting that we see in religion.  The moral person will not get to heaven by their own morality.  The religious person will not get to heaven by their religious works.  The only way to heaven is through the Lord Jesus (John 14:6).  He alone is our Savior.  We have no salvation apart from Him (Romans 10:14-17).  This is why we disciples of Jesus labor to see the gospel go forth into all nations (Matthew 28:19-20).  We know that there is no salvation apart from faith in Christ and there is no hope apart from faith in Christ.  Because of the justice of God, none will escape God’s just wrath against sin apart from faith in Jesus (Romans 5:8-11).  Religion says “do this and you’ll be reconciled perhaps with God” but the Lord Jesus alone is the way to God.  Our faith is not in facts about Him nor in plans about Him but in Him, the Person of the Lord Jesus.  He is a risen and living Savior.  He is still able to save those who come to Him in true faith trusting in His grace alone to save them and for Him to be the mediator for them before God.  I pray that many will repent.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

09/20/2013 at 11:09 AM

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