Grace Alone, Faith Alone
The great principle of the Protestant Reformation is salvation by grace alone through faith alone. This principle comes through loud and clear in Isaiah 1:27 in the Old Testament of the Bible. “Zion will be redeemed with justice, and her repentant ones with righteousness” (Isaiah 1:27).
In the Old Testament Zion is a picture of the New Testament church. Hebrews 12:22-23 teaches us this truth. When someone redeems a slave, they pay a price for that servant. Justice refers to the just payment for evil. Justice demands recompense be made for evil acts. Righteousness refers to the requirement for heaven. Leviticus 18:5 says, “So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the Lord.” To live is to have eternal life. The requirement for eternal life in heaven is perfection. But no one is perfect except One, Jesus Christ.
Since Jesus Christ died to pay for the sins of those who believe in Him, justice is served. Since Jesus Christ also lived a perfect life on behalf of those who believe in Him, the requirement of righteousness is met. Through Jesus Christ God can “be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26). This is God’s grace received through faith. We celebrate this Reformation principle on October 31.
Listen to today’s podcast, “Christ Justifies the Ungodly.”