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Justified from all things

'Be it know unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.'

Acts 13:38-39

It does not seem to matter how long we may have been following the Lord - we still have a tendency to try and work out our salvation by good works. Will we ever learn?

We are saved by grace and by grace alone. We rejoiced in that salvation when first we heard it. Why then, do we now try and perfect God's perfect work through our own good works?
Justification by faith is the foundation of our belief.  We believe that Redemption was purchased with the precious blood of Jesus on the cross at Calvary, and His resurrection on the third day was the Father's seal of approval.

God will justify the sinner who believes!

This is God's way of saving sinful men. It's the way He has chosen to redeem them. We could not have dreamed up such a scheme.

If I therefore accept that God's way is best, then why Oh why do I attempt to add to it? (When Jesus turned the water into wine at Cana, He instructed the servants to fill the waterpots, and they filled them to the brim. Why? So nothing could be added!) Neither does anything need to be added to our Lord's finished work of salvation.

I love the position and freedom which justification affords me, yet when I fall I resort to 'homemade' tactics!

D.I.Y. (?) redemption!!

I can hear Satan sniggering and saying, 'There he goes again!'  Instead of honouring God and His way of doing things, I take the part of the evil one and try to please God by good works. God is not pleased and never will be pleased with any of my attempts to justify myself.

His way is always best. It is so simple, so free, so unbelievable!  But it seems I cannot accept it as a gift. What stops me? PRIDE!!!! I am full of it!

A humble man is like a beggar, accepting whatever gift the Lord places before him. He knows full well that he has not earned or deserved any gift, yet he is in no position to turn them down.
Neither am I!

I was so heartened by what I read this morning, especially the verses that I have penned above. They were so sweet to my soul. Sins forgiven and justified from ALL things! My soul was quickened into prayer and I found myself repenting of my sinful ways and accepting fully - once again - God's way of salvation.

There is no other way. I can now rejoice in a standing before a Holy God - before Whom I am not worthy.
God justifies sinners who believe!


Author - Iain Mackenzie   Edited by Pastor Al Moak