“Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” James 2:24.
24 hours ago, we talked about “real pardon” from which we agreed that we need to make efforts as Joshua and Caleb did e.g. obedience, consecration, and dedication which made them right with God? Yet, It is not only by works but also by faith, vice versa! We are made right with God because, prior to all of that, Christ died. When we turn to God and by belief accept what God reveals, the miraculous atonement by the Cross of Christ instantly places us individualy into a right relationship with God.
The scriptures clearly teach that we are saved (justified) by faith in Christ and what He has done on the cross. This faith alone saves us, True, However, we cannot stop here without addressing what Apostle James says in our quote for Today (there is no contradiction, but one supplement the other). As for me, I knew thay as a result of the supernatural miracle of God’s grace -I stand justified, not just because I am sorry for my sin, or because I have repented, but because of what Jesus has done. The Spirit of God brings justification with a shattering, radiant light, peaceful and joyous sensation sequentially, and I know that I am saved, even though I don’t know how it was accomplished, yet I know I got to move closer to God to ask, live on, and enjoy more of the justification effects.
On a final note, The salvation that comes from God is not based on human logic, but on the sacrificial death of Jesus. We can be born again solely because of the atonement of our Lord. Sinful men and women can be changed into new creations, not through their repentance or their belief, but through the wonderful work of God in Christ Jesus which preceded all of our experience (see 2 Corinthians 5:17-19). The unconquerable safety of justification and sanctification is God Himself. We do not have to accomplish these things ourselves— they have been accomplished through the atonement of the Cross of Christ. The supernatural becomes natural to us through the miracle of God, and remwbering John 19:30 that there is the realization of what Jesus Christ has already done— “It is finished!” Shallom!