Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained
like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”
II Peter 1:1.
Study Help: Faith
and Works, 103–109.
all the ages the great truth of justification by faith has stood as a mighty
beacon to guide repentant sinners into the way of life.” The Acts of the Apostles,
is justification? Romans 5:18.
justification are one and the same thing.” Faith and Works,
is the opposite of condemnation.” Ibid., 104.
is the only acceptable way to be justified?
Romans 3:21, 22; 5:1.
“The Lord does
not save sinners by abolishing His law, the foundation of His government in
heaven and in earth. The punishment has
been endured by the sinner’s substitute…
In the councils of heaven, before the world was created, the Father and
the Son covenanted together that if man proved disloyal to God, Christ, one
with the Father, would take the place of the transgressor, and suffer the
penalty of justice that must fall upon him.”
“Ellen G. White Comments,” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary,
vol. 6, 1070.
the Spirit of God controls mind and heart, the converted soul breaks forth into
a new song; for he realizes that in his experience the promise of God has been
fulfilled, that his transgression has been forgiven, his sin covered.” The Acts of the Apostles,
does Paul explain God’s way to justify sinners?
“Christ, in the wilderness of temptation, stood in Adam’s place to bear
the test he failed to endure. Here
Christ overcame in the sinner’s behalf, four thousand years after Adam turned
his back upon the light of his home.
Separated from the presence of God, the human family had been departing
every successive generation, farther from the original purity, wisdom, and
knowledge which Adam possessed in Eden. Christ bore the sins and infirmities of the
race as they existed when He came to the earth to help man. In behalf of the race, with the weaknesses of
fallen man upon Him, He was to stand the temptations of Satan upon all points
wherewith man would be assailed.” “Ellen
G. White Comments,” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol.
what contrast is the second Adam as He entered the gloomy wilderness to cope
with Satan single-handed. Since the Fall the race had been decreasing in size and physical
strength, and sinking lower in the scale of moral worth, up to the period of
Christ’s advent to the earth. And in
order to elevate fallen man, Christ must reach him where he was. He took human nature, and bore the
infirmities and degeneracy of the race.
He, who knew no sin, became sin for us.
He humiliated himself to the lowest depths of human woe, that he might
be qualified to reach man, and bring him up from the degradation in which sin
had plunged him.” Review and Herald, July 28, 1874.
4 Since we all are sinners, what is our only hope and assurance? Romans 3:23–26; Titus 3:5–7.
is obedience to the law. The law demands
righteousness, and this the sinner owes to the law; but he is incapable of
rendering it. The only way in which he
can attain to righteousness is through faith.
By faith he can bring to God the merits of Christ, and the Lord places
the obedience of His Son to the sinner’s account. Christ’s righteousness is accepted in place
of man’s failure, and God receives, pardons, justifies, the repentant,
believing soul, treats him as though he were righteous, and loves him as He
loves His Son. This is how faith is
accounted righteousness; and the pardoned soul goes on from grace to grace,
from light to a greater light.” Faith and Works, 101.
is the role of the blood of Christ in our salvation? Romans 5:9.
“God calls for
faith in Christ as our atoning sacrifice.
His blood is the only remedy for sin.
is not God’s will that you should be distrustful, and torture your soul with
the fear that God will not accept you because you are sinful and unworthy… You can say: ‘I know I am a sinner, and that is
the reason I need a Saviour… have no merit or
goodness whereby I may claim salvation, but I present before God the
all-atoning blood of the spotless Lamb of God, which taketh
away the sin of the world. This is my
only plea.’ ” The
Faith I Live By, 102.
is the blood a key so essential in the plan of salvation? Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22.
“We are to have free access to the atoning blood of Christ. This we must regard as the most precious
privilege, the greatest blessing, ever granted to sinful man. And how little is made of this great gift! How deep, how wide and continuous is this
stream. To every soul thirsting after
holiness there is repose, there is rest, there is the quickening influence of
the Holy Spirit, and then the holy, happy, peaceful walk and precious communion
with Christ… Its cleansing virtue gives
strength and vigor to faith, power to prayer, and happiness in cheerful obedience.” Sons and Daughters of
has made reconciliation for sin, and has borne all its ignominy, reproach, and
punishment; and yet while bearing sin, He has brought in everlasting
righteousness, so that the believer is spotless before God…
there are many who claim to be children of God who are resting their hopes upon
other dependencies, rather than on the blood of Christ alone. When urged to rest their faith wholly upon
Christ as a complete Saviour, many reveal the fact
that they have faith in something that they think they can do. … They imagine that they have a great deal to
do themselves to save their own souls, and that Jesus will come in and piece
out that part which is lacking, and give the finishing stroke to their
salvation. These poor souls will not be
strong in God until they accept Christ as a complete Saviour. They can add nothing to their
7 Among the Israelites, what was the only way of escape from
destruction when they were about to leave Egypt? Exodus 12:13.
“The Israelites were required to sprinkle the doorposts with the blood
of a slain lamb, in order that when the angel of death passed through the land,
they might escape destruction. But if
instead of doing this simple act of faith and obedience, they had barricaded
the door, and taken every precaution to keep the destroying angel out, their pains would have been in vain. … When the blood was seen upon the doorpost, it
was enough. The salvation of the house
was assured. So it is in the work of
salvation; it is the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanseth
from all sin.” Sons
and Daughters of God, 227.
can we be clean before God? 1 John
1:7–9. What attitude will this inspire
in our heart?
“Thank God that He who spilled His blood for us, lives to plead it,
lives to make intercession for every soul who receives Him. [1 John 1:9 quoted.] The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from
all sin. It speaketh
better things than the blood of Abel, for Christ ever liveth
to make intercession for us. We need to
keep ever before us the efficacy of the blood of Jesus. That life-cleansing, life-sustaining blood,
appropriated by living faith, is our hope.
We need to grow in appreciation of its inestimable value, for it speaks
for us only as we by faith claim its virtue, keeping the conscience clean and
at peace with God.
is represented as the pardoning blood, inseparably connected with the
resurrection and life of our Redeemer, illustrated by the ever-flowing stream
that proceeds from the throne of God, the water of the river of life.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” Seventh-day
Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 7, 947, 948.
but God can subdue the pride of man’s heart.
We cannot save ourselves. We
cannot regenerate ourselves. In the
heavenly courts there will be no song sung, To me that
loved myself, and washed myself, redeemed myself, unto me be glory and honor,
blessing and praise. But this is the
keynote of the song that is sung by many here in this world. They do not know what it means to be meek and
lowly in heart; and they do not mean to know this, if they can avoid it. The whole gospel is comprised in learning of
Christ, His meekness and lowliness.” Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 456.
can we be overcomers over Satan and his devices? Revelation 12:11.
“We become overcomers by helping others to
overcome, by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. The keeping of the commandments of God will
yield in us an obedient spirit, and the service that is the offspring of such a
spirit, God can accept.” “Ellen G. White
Comments,” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 7, 974.
will be our song in heaven? Revelation
“I urge you to prepare for the coming of Christ in the clouds of
heaven. Day by day cast the love of the
world out of your hearts. Understand by
experience what it means to have fellowship with Christ. Prepare for the judgment, that when Christ
shall come to be admired in all them that believe, you may be among those who
will meet Him in peace. In that day the
redeemed will shine forth in the glory of the Father and the Son. The angels, touching their golden harps, will
welcome the King and His trophies of victory—those who have been washed and made
white in the blood of the Lamb. A song
of triumph shall peal forth, filling all heaven. Christ has conquered. He enters the heavenly courts, accompanied by
His redeemed ones, the witnesses that His mission of suffering and sacrifice
has not been in vain.” The Adventist Home, 550.
the penitent sinner, contrite before God, discerns Christ’s atonement in his
behalf and accepts this atonement as his only hope in this life and the future
life, his sins are pardoned. This is justification by faith. Every believing soul is to conform his will
entirely to God’s will and keep in a state of repentance and contrition,
exercising faith in the atoning merits of the Redeemer and advancing from
strength to strength, from glory to glory.
and justification are one and the same thing. Through faith, the believer passes from the
position of a rebel, a child of sin and Satan, to the position of a loyal
subject of Christ Jesus, not because of an inherent goodness, but because
Christ receives him as His child by adoption.
The sinner receives the forgiveness of his sins, because these sins are
borne by his Substitute and Surety. The
Lord speaks to His heavenly Father, saying: ‘This is My child, I reprieve him
from the condemnation of death, giving him My life insurance
policy―eternal life―because I have taken his place and have
suffered for his sins. He is even My beloved son.’ Thus
man, pardoned, and clothed with the beautiful garments of Christ’s
righteousness, stands faultless before God.
sinner may err, but he is not cast off without mercy. His only hope, however, is repentance toward
God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is the Father’s prerogative to forgive our transgressions and sins,
because Christ has taken upon Himself our guilt and reprieved us, imputing to
us His own righteousness. His sacrifice
satisfies fully the demands of justice.
is the opposite of condemnation. God’s
boundless mercy is exercised toward those who are wholly undeserving. He forgives transgressions and sins for the
sake of Jesus, who has become the propitiation for our sins. Through faith in Christ, the guilty
transgressor is brought into favor with God and into the strong hope of life
eternal.” Faith and
Works, 103, 104.
is the righteousness of Christ that makes the penitent sinner acceptable to God
and works his justification. However sinful has been his life, if he believes in Jesus as his
personal Saviour, he stands before God in the
spotless robes of Christ’s imputed righteousness.” Ibid., 106.
have a living Saviour. He is not in Joseph’s new tomb; He is risen from the dead and has ascended on high as a Substitute
and Surety for every believing soul.
‘Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ.’ (Romans 5:1.) The sinner is justified through the merits of
Jesus, and this is God’s acknowledgment of the perfection of the ransom paid
for man. That Christ was obedient even
unto the death of the cross is a pledge of the repenting sinner’s acceptance
with the Father. Then shall we permit
ourselves to have a vacillating experience of doubting and believing, believing
and doubting? Jesus is the pledge of our
acceptance with God. We stand in favor
before God, not because of any merit in ourselves, but because of our faith in
‘the Lord our righteousness.’ [Jeremiah