Justification by faith alone
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How about “God loves you” ?
The one seeking justification is usually not satisfied with just the word “love” If he would, that would include faith in the power of love of the One who loves. So, justification is by faith.
God loves you is something I need to hear too – no doubt about it. Indeed God’s loving us and justifying us are surely a brother and sister in theological terms.
But on its own, God’s love doesn’t deal with the condemnation I *feel* when I fail (or the condemnation I *actually* deserve). That’s why I say justification by faith is the truth I need to hear Monday morning. After my inadequate attempts in the pulpit on Sunday, I need to know that my acceptance before God is Jesus Christ and faith-based; not Colin Adams and performance-based.
Do you know what I mean?
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