4.22.2011

Daily Gospel: 4/22/11

And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,
 - Romans 4:5

"does not work"
"believes in him"
"justifies the ungodly"
"counted as righteousness"

These are foundational phrases for the doctrine of salvation, specifically justification. They are unique to the Christian faith. They go against everything in self-justifying heart of man. Yet they are the truth, and indeed the only glorious way which one can be saved - justified.

Do you work? Or do you believe? (A necessary caveat: believing is not a work that man meritoriously performs. See Machen's What is Faith? for multiple addresses to this topic.)

Come, you ungodly, and be justified by Jesus' blood.

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