Tuesday, February 26, 2008
THE SOLE OBJECT OF FAITH
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ"
That no one is declared just before God by any personal obedience is clear from Scripture. The law requires perfect and sinless obedience, and condemns as guilty even the slightest disobedience, James 2:10.
The sole ground of justification before God is declared to be BY THE FAITH OF JESUS CHRIST.
Notice it does not say ‘by faith IN Jesus Christ,’ but by ‘THE FAITH OF JESUS CHRIST.’
It is THE FAITH once delivered unto the saints (all whom God has justified through the death of His Son), Jude 3.
It is THE FAITH which the Spirit of God causes sinners to believe and rest in, not looking to their believing as the ground of their justification, but TO THE FAITH OF JESUS CHRIST (The Gospel of His obedience unto death as God’s righteousness, Romans 5:19).
It is to this righteousness established by the Lord Jesus in His death, and approved and imputed to the account of every one of God’s elect by the Father, Romans 8:32-34, that the Spirit taught sinner looks for salvation. We who believe look outside ourselves to the Lord Jesus as the sole object of faith.
By Ken Wimer