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What does Faith look like? Listen as Pastor Rose continues in the book of James and walks us through a picture of what Faith looks like in the life of a believer.
An exposition of Galatians 3:19-22 dealing with the purpose of the Law and its inferiority to God's Promise.
Our series Big Words continues with a crucial question: When God looks at me, what does he see?
Some kinds of doubt -- self-doubt -- are healthy. But it is unhealthy for us to doubt God and his promises; we end up hedging our bets and trusting in things less secure. Not only that, but our doubting God is sin, unbelief. In this passage, Paul presents one of his strongest logical arguments for our assurance of God's saving us and keeping us. Paul anchors our assurance in the objective work of justification and reconciliation that Jesus accomplished at the cross. He has accomplished the most difficult thing in bringing us justification and reconciliation through his death. We can be confident that the one who declared "it is finished" will continue to preserve us! As a result, we rejoice, and we boast in Christ; we do this by looking backward on what he has done for us, by looking forward with confidence in his faithfulness and promises, and by living today in light of our certain hope.
Paul argues and shows from scripture that we are justified only by faith in Jesus, not by anything we do. How can it be otherwise? After all, there is no boasting before God, and the only wages that our works could possibly earn for us is death. We see that Abraham was justified by faith and not by works, and furthermore that he was justified long before he was circumcised. Neither works nor rituals can save us; instead, we come to God as ungodly sinners, trusting only in him to receive justification as a free gift. Because of this, we can come to God today, now. And so the life we live is one of humility, recognizing our sin and guilt; but also grateful celebration, recognizing the magnitude of the gift God has given to us.
We should not feel ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for salvation; because it is for everyone; and because it reveals and provides the righteousness of and from God that is necessary for us to be accepted by God. Apart from the gospel we have no hope, but for everyone who believes, the gospel is a sure and certain and powerful hope, providing for our greatest need.