The ^ Role of “Faith” in Salvation
by Martin Luther, on October 31, 1517, evolved during the formation of his “new church, and new religion.” What is very interesting was that Martin did not originally set out to establish a new religion, but events and circumstances led him to this decision. Martins original “Ninety-five Thesis” dealt with what he and many saw as an abuse of power in the Church of his time. Martin’s objection’s were at first part of an intellectual debate addressing these abuses, which consisted of the Church charging money for “forgiveness” and for “special graces applied to certain acts of piety,” which were in effect being sold “by the Church” to raise funds for the construction of The new doctrine of
Because Salvation is the ultimate goal of all Christians; truth about how to gain it is to be eagerly sought by all. Pope John Paul II tells us in the end, there is but a single truth for any topic.
Because Jesus is “the way, the truth and the light,” John 14:6 all Christians, wishing to take the name of Christ, become obligated to 1. Follow the way of Christ. 2. Seek the single truth of the issue being probed. 3. Recognize that God who is “all-good” cannot lie, and that Jesus Christ is God. Taking these three points together imposes on all of us a grave moral duty of obedience.What began as an intellectual exercise, evolved through miscommunication, simple bullheadedness on both sides of the debate, and a lack of piety and humility on both sides, into a discussion on many more unrelated doctrinal issues. The more they talked the less they “discussed”! Both sides were at fault, but Luther was right on the original ninety-five thesis issues. The church instituted a non-doctrinal position based on perceived need, either forgetting or setting aside one of the basic tenants of Moral Theology: “one may never do a wrong to cause a right.” These practices were at the time, part of Church practice, not part of Her Doctrine, and were subsequently and rightly abrogated.
One of the most profound truths is that EVERYTHING that the Church teaches, with and through Jesus Christ, is rooted in LOVE. That, my friend is the most solid foundation, and certainly the best way on which to establish truth. Christ is the founder of His Catholic Church, and Christ is the one who first articulated what the Church taught then, and what His Church teaches as “truth” today.It is our goal to assist you in seeking the truth, supported by historical facts as recorded by the “Original Bible,” which is the Catholic bible. Of great interest, much of what I will bring to light is also found in other Christian bibles, and notably the King James Bible, although Martin Luther did necessarily make some changes to fortify and justify his new found beliefs. Significant differences are noted with an asterisk.
It is a historical fact that Jesus Christ intended and did in fact institute only One Church, the church known today, as the Catholic Church. Matthew 16:18 notes clearly Jesus spoke only of a single church. This same Catholic Church, was the only Christian Church for nearly fifteen hundred consecutive years. And a two thousand year unbroken succession of Popes, beginning with Saint Peter gives further evidence of this fact.If one desires to confirm our Catholic selections, might I suggest that you do a web search on the “Latin Vulgate translation”, the “Douay-Rheims Bible On -Line.” The Douay-Rheims Bible was translated from Saint Jerome’s “Latin Vulgate”(dates back to about the year 350 AD) Bible into other common languages and officially approved as authentic and accurate by the Council of Trent. It has been the foundation of all subsequent Catholic Bibles. The Vulgate would have been the bible in use at the time Luther was in his new faith formation and The Douay-Rheims was published about thirty-five years before the first Anglican (non-Catholic) Bible. Bible
Martin Luther began the Catholic Revolt, (for that’s what it was) and established non-Catholic Christianity, thus further opening “Pandora’s box” of Christian Disciplines and free and open decent.
Simply because one chooses not to believe some doctrine or another, does not automatically place a mantel of truth on that new doctrine. It might, or, it might not be true
. Please understand I am sharing a historical perspective, and only commenting on “cause and effect.” Christ begot “one Church.” Luther’s action has caused and led to over thirty thousand Christian sects currently in existence. Each one teaching and preaching what they believe to be the truths, yet Catholicism continues to be the largest organized religion in the world. It is impossible that there are more than a single truth for a single issue, to accept more than thirty thousand truths, challenges the meaning of “truth” itself. Mt. 16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of hell shall not prevail against it.Nearly, but not all of the doctrines and dogma’s of the Catholic Church in existence today, were basically the same nearly two thousand years ago. We have in some cases gained “a fuller and better understanding,” but the basic teaching, have not, and in many cases, cannot be changed. Why? Because there is only one way, one truth and one light. Eph. 4Luther’s decent focused in the early stages of his crisis of faith, on the Sacrament of Penance, the “payoff’s for forgiveness” and indulgences which deal with special graces being applied to certain defined acts of piety, which also at the time were being sold. These were the basis of his “Ninety-five Thesis.” Of note the abuses Luther described have long since been abrogated and done away with. These were matters of “practice” not matters of Church doctrine or dogma. Not a word is mentioned about JUSTIFICATION in Martins original “Ninety-five Theses. Our task at hand is to present objectively, both points of view, on the issue of “justification and salvation.” Whether by God’s design it is by faith alone as Luther claims or by faith as demonstrated by and fulfilled through works, which is the constant and consistent position of the Catholic Church, a dogma, for nearly two thousand years. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.
We will display the most common biblical evidence for both positions, and in the end, allow you the reader, to make a more informed decision.
Why are we discussing this topic of Justification? Because in some manner, it touches all of our lives. There is only one Christ, who only taught one truth on every topic. Because we desire to be in personal relationship with Christ, we strive to discover, not my truth, not your truth, but our truth, the truth that has to be in conformity with what Christ teaches. True LOVE cannot be “blind.” Thus, together we seek the truth. Come Holy Spirit come!
In the discussion of Justification and Salvation, I make clear again that the arguments presented are bible based. It is critical for the reader to understand that in doing so, one puts at great risk, the proper understanding, by quoting only selected, limited verses. Exegesis, (bible study experts) know that a fuller and more accurate understanding is gained in reviewing the body of the work, rather than in single isolated elements. We are seeking the complete truth, the single truth.
I began by quoting some of the well-known verses that, on their own seemly support the theology of Justification through Faith alone. Before doing so, It is good to ask the question: what is faith?Saint Paul tells us in Heb.11: 1 now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. A more encompassing definition is Faith is the belief in the unknown, fortified through hope, and manifested and expressed in love.
Biblical Quotes supporting Justification through Faith alone.
Rom.5: 1For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God — not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Eph. 2: 8For no human being will be justified in his sight by works of the law, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from law, although the law and the prophets bear witness to it, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all that believe. For there is no distinction; since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins; it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus. Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On the principle of works? No, but on the principle of faith. For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is he not the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles too, since God is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of their faith and the uncircumcised through their faith. Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “reckoned to him as righteousness.” But the words, “it was reckoned to him,” was written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him that raised from the dead Jesus our Lord who was put to death for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
Rom. 3 20Rom. 4: 1Gal. 2: 16 yet we know that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified.Rom. 10: 10Rom. 5: 9Now before faith came, we were confined under the law, kept under restraint until faith should be revealed. So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian; for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received our reconciliation.
For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and bestows his riches upon all who call upon him. For, “every one who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Gal. 3: 23Without having seen him you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy. As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls. We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
CATHOLIC EVIDENCE for salvation through Faith with works.
Heb. 11: 17This is a perfect example of Faith supported and completed by and through works.
10Gal, 3: 27 And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’
Acts 22: 16: 16
Acts 2: 38
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. but grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.Baptism is a requirement unto salvation. It is manifested as a work of Faith, Hope and Love. John 3: 5*Rom 1
We are being told that faith by itself does not guarantee our salvation) More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. Suffering and endurance are both charitable works. This is yet another example of the “process of salvation;” wherein works complete Faith, and together make salvation possible. *Not the same in Catholic and Kings James versions.Rom. 2: 12 All who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. (Speaking here of the Commandments.)And isn’t it interesting that this is found in Romans chapter One and chapter Two, which sets up the verses in chapter Three, Four and Five, of the same book.
1st. Cor. 13: 13And LOVE is a decision, an action, a work that must be willed.
Rom. 6: 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but yield yourselves to God as men who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
Rom. 8: 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So, Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But some one will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. 19 you believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe–and shudder. Do you want to be shown, you shallow man, that faith apart from works is barren? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by works, and the scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness”; and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body apart from the spirit are dead, so faith apart from works is dead. The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the Day of Judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Mt. 12: 35Heb. 5: 8 Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,Though we speak thus, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things that belong to salvation. For God is not so unjust as to overlook your work, and the love which you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness in realizing the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Heb. 6: 9 1st. Peter 2: 1 . Once again works are called to be used in conjunction with faith to complete what Christ expects from us. Salvation is a process; a series of acts (works) that fulfill and complete Faith. you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.So put away all malice and all guile and insincerity and envy and all slander. Like newborn babes, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation
1st. Cor. 6: 9-10 9 Do
Clearly Saint Paul points out the need for works WITH faith. Not only are we to do works, but they are to be righteous works. John 14: 15It is perfectly reasonable to ask: how can their be two divergent views expressed in the same bible, all from the New Testament, no less?
Now to answer the specific question: you will recall early on in this document, on page number two, I warned readers to take care in applying their own understanding; i.e. truth, to a limited in scope bible passage. If you will go back and review all of the passages used in support of Justification by Faith alone, you will discover that some of them make reference to “the law.” Even those, which do not specifically speak of “the law,” implicitly, reference it. So then we ask what is “the law,” and what relevance does “the law” have on the current discussion?
We know of course that the “original law,” the Law of the Covenant, with Moses, The Ten Commandments, were what Yahweh -God, issued and expected everyone to follow.
By the time of our Blessed Lord’s ministry on earth, they had been expanded as “THE (Torah) LAW” to over three hundred ADDITIONAL obligations, most of which had little or nothing to do with God’s original intent. This was done over time to add authority to teaching, thought by the priest, to be for benefit of the Jewish nation. Many of them were good, some even necessary, but they were NOT part of the Covenant relationship with God. Yet they were taught “as the law (of the Covenant).” What is being said in all of these (Justification Only) passages is that one’s obedience to “the priest expanded law” was not essential to ones salvation in the eyes of God. Jesus without condemning these “RULES,” rather only saying, their fulfillment, did little or nothing to assist in ones salvation clearly stated that “the law,” was separate from the Covenant of Salvation. Obeying the Commandments YES, obeying “the law,” yes too, but not effecting the Covenant, Good, but not essential.
With this understanding, one can see more clearly, that they are not in contradiction, rather they are speaking, really of different things. Are we to do evil? Or are we to do good? Are we to nothing? Or are we to be charitable, and practice loving our neighbor as ourselves, as well as we are able? WWJD: What Would Jesus Do?
As a side note, getting a bit ahead of ourselves, when we later get to the discussion of the Ten Commandments, and their application and obligation to our lives today, we will discover that the Church, has again applied, far greater obligations, than the HEADINGS of the Commandments at first suggest. The difference is that all of them DO APPLY DIRECTLY to the Commandment being discussed. The Church has fulfilled her mission of necessarily applying a fuller understanding, a more enlightened understanding, to the issues, as is Her charge.
In consideration of these weighty issues
Salvation did not come through a single act.
If I were to ask you “what is the most powerful force on God’s earth (because God willed it and created it that way), what would be your answer? Mine would be our “freewill.” Our freewill is so powerful that it makes us different, unique and better than all of Gods other creations. Why is this?
God gave us a freewill, and wrote on our hearts the instruction manual on how to use it. If we are honest, we know instinctively what is right and wrong if we are in God’s grace. The perfect and full-intended use of our freewill is PROVING to God that we LOVE Him. And love is a decision, an act!Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who keep his commandments abide in him and he in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he has given us.
*1st. John 3: *Not the same in Catholic and Kings James versions.
Clearly and indisputably, God expects more from His children than ONLY to believe in Him. Of course we must have Great Faith! We must also be baptized, we must obey His Commandments, and of critical importance, we must sincerely attempt to love our neighbors, as we love ourselves. We must through our works put Faith, Hope and Love into action. The degree that we are successful in these endeavors will determine our Salvation. Thus salvation is an ongoing process.
One can readily understand why the Protestant doctrine of sola fide; Justification by Faith Alone is so readily accepted and naturally appealing. It is less demanding; far easier to accommodate, than it is to follow Jesus in the manner He demands. “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”( Mt. 16:24 )
True our God is a loving and merciful God. However we put our souls at risk if we forget that our God is also an All Mighty God, a Super-Natural God who offers Super-Natural Graces to enable us to over come our mere “Natural” sinful human nature. Our God posses all attributes and all attribute’s, completely. This means that our God is not only all loving and all merciful, but He is and has to be, must be all just.
One who assumes that all that is required by Almighty God for our salvation is Faith without works would be of the mind that our life’s conduct is of no consequence, and our personal decisions can rule. Wrong, wrong, wrong! If this were true, there would be no need for the Commandments, or the Beatitudes, which are road -maps on how we are to live and love. They are not simply suggestions they are the directions we need to live a happy, fruitful and spiritually rewarding life in accordance to God’s plan for our salvation.. One may not choose to live a sinful life with impunity. To reject this truth is to fail to understand the JUST NATURE of our “Jealous God.” To believe that salvation is only through Faith alone, is to deny the intended use of our intellect and freewill, and why God gave these precious gifts to us. “To know, love and to serve Him, here in this world, so we can be with Him in the next.” But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law (again speaking of all the Commandments) and the prophets.”
Almighty God will judge what we do and what we fail to do. It is God’s Justice acknowledging His gifts to us of freewill and intellect, that require Him to judge our actions (works), and not only our faith, but also our love and how we prove it. St. James is right: “faith without woks is dead.” What do you think?
Before closing, I would like to respond to the all too common charge that “the Church is intolerant.” This is almost a natural reflex response, to any disagreement of philosophy or theology these days.
Quoting: William J. Martin, in “homiletic pastoral review” October 2007: ‘Church and intolerance.”“One of the biggest complaints against the Church is that she is intolerant. Intolerance is hung on the Church like a quarantine to frighten away anyone knocking on her portals. When asked why they consider the Church intolerant, some say she is not tolerant because of her self-complacency and smug satisfaction as the unique interpreter of the teachings of Christ. She is condemned because she claims to be divine When other churches are throwing dogmatic differences to the winds to better serve the religious needs of America, she will not conform, and therefore she is narrow minded and intolerant.”
“The Church is the most honorable of all societies. She is the highest standard of honor, because she judges all things in the light of God, who is the source of all honor.”
“What happened in the life of Christ happens in the life of the Church, for the Church cannot compromise her teachings for the sake of religious unity.” Christ was tolerant of those who nailed Him to the cross (Luke 23: 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”).
“We must be tolerant of all people for they are human, we must be intolerant of principles for they are divine. For truth is of God’s making, and what is made by God cannot be altered by man.” End of Article Quotes.
We can accept a truth, share a truth but not divide a truth, not make your truth, and my truth, but only seek, “The truth.” That my friend, is the most basic truth.
The Catholic Church speaks the truth because God founded her. (Mt.16: 18) She continues to speak the truth, because the Holy Spirit is her intelligence, her voice, her conscience, and her guide. Acts Chapter 1: 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”
God bless you, and May Mary our Blessed Mother intercede for us with Jesus, her Son for each of us. Amen
it is good to recall Christ acts of redemption. First He was born a man, for a time made lower than the angels. Second He endured willingly the most excruciating and debasing torture known to society at the time: namely Scorching at the pillar, Crowned with thorns and then Crucified on the Cross. Third He rose again from the dead: Alleluia! No it came through a series of actions. So too our salvation requires Faith. But what is faith without hope and love? Our salvation requires baptism, and our salvation depends on obedience and works of Love alive with Faith and Hope.
Before I answer this directly, I hasten to point out that there are obvious and multiple divergent views when comparing Old Testament, and New Testament readings. This is caused by two factors: First, Everything in the Old Testament finds the fullness of its truths as expressed by Christ in the New Testament. Second, Early church history, by necessity caused by illiteracy, and a lack of writing materials, was verbal. Thus Old church history relied primarily on the spoken word, practiced most often in the form of stories, which did not always maintain the same original message. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”Again speaking of the process of salvation. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. (:51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”And Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.for, as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. Then Abraham put forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.
1st. Peter 1: 8
Rom. 8: 28Here is a brief explanation of what, “foreknew, predestined, called and justified,” means in this passage. It does not mean that Christ from the beginning of time “pre-selected” only certain souls for salvation! No, what Saint Paul is saying is that our God is an Awesome God, an Almighty God, who knows all-things before they happen. Thus He knows who will, and who will not cooperate with His graces, accept His graces, put His graces into right-action and thus are rewarded with the gift of salvation. Paul is speaking of the “process” of salvation, which extends beyond the single, yet essential act of Faith. By faith Abraham, when he was tested offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your descendants be named.”
Thus Abraham “believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” So you see that it is men of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are men of faith are blessed with Abraham who had faith. For all that rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be every one who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, and do them.” Now it is evident that no man is justified before God by the law; for “He who through faith is righteous shall live. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things, which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification were through the law, then Christ died to no purpose. What then shall we say about Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Now to one, who works, his wages are not reckoned as a gift but as his due. And to one who does not work but trusts him, who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness. So also David pronounces a blessing upon the man to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works:
Gal. 3: 6
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.