Here at the Orthosphere, we’ve been discussing Christian salvation. It’s time for another basic point.
If God saves us, what is his specific reason, his specific warrant, as it were, for doing so? One could imagine God saving us on a whim, but being just, God always has valid reasons for doing what he does.
According to the biblical testimony, God saves us because we are righteous. But given that we are sinners, how can we be righteous?
[For proof that all of us are sinners, see, e.g., Romans 3:23 and 1 John 1:8.
For proof that some of us are also righteous, see, e.g., 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Philippians 3:9.]
Well, if God declares us to be righteous, then you can be assured that we are. As we said, God always has valid reasons for doing whatever he does. And if we are righteous, then all of the other benefits (and “side effects”) of salvation will most assuredly occur: sanctification, love, good works, perseverance, repentance from sin, and so on.
So on what basis does God declare us righteous? Scripture declares that God does so on the basis of faith alone. See, e.g., Romans 3:28
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
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