For the past several years my husband has repeatedly been asked if he believes in justification by faith alone. He has answered this question innumerable times both in person and in print. His answer is always the same. Yes! Jesus did it all, and He continues to do it all. Always and forever, Christ justifies His people, and His people can add nothing to His perfect work. But some people refuse to accept his answer. “NO, you don’t.” “But I do.” And so on.
I was explaining this to a friend recently, and I told her that it reminds me of something like this scenario: Suppose that a group of people started spreading the word that Doug and I were not really married, but we were just living together. And suppose that we were horrified at such a charge, and so we took pains to show them the marriage certificate, the pictures of the wedding, the rings, and even the old 70’s wedding gown to prove that they were mistaken. But suppose that they said, “We still don’t believe you. We know you SAY you are married, but you really are not married.” At some point in this little scenario we would have to come to the conclusion that these people were really not interested in finding out the truth.
We are committed evangelicals. We believe that Jesus saves us entirely and without any help from us. He hauls us into the boat without our permission. He gets all the glory and the praise and He always will. We glorify and magnify His name for His unspeakable gift to us. Jesus rose from the dead without any help from the guards. He saves us from our sins with absolutely no help from us. Even our faith is a gift from Him. Amen and amen!