II. FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST AS MY SIN PAYMENT. (The right way).
This begins with the idea that I am a sinner, that I have broken God's laws, and that
compared to God I am not a good person, but a self centred sinner.
God's law that I have broken condemns me to hell. The good news is that Jesus Christ on
the cross had all my sins laid on him, so that Jesus Christ took the full punishment for all my
past, present and future sins that I deserved in hell forever. He thus became the Saviour of
all people. We are now responsible to receive or call on Christ to be our Saviour from sin.
When we do this Christ saves us and gives us the free gift of eternal life.
The benefits of Christ saving us instead of our works saving us are:
1. We can be 100% sure of going to heaven because Christ is 100% responsible for
saving us and for keeping us saved.
2. We can concentrate on serving God in joy, rather than in fear of trying to earn our
entrance ticket to heaven.
3. We know that we will meet our saved loved ones in heaven.
4. We rest in God's acceptance of us because of Christ.
5. It releases us from the bondage of fear of trusting a man made organization to get us
6. It leads us to develop a loving relationship with Christ as our Saviour, Friend and
God, rather than Mary.
7. It leads us to base our beliefs for living on the Bible, not on some man made
Let us study some Bible passages teaching that "good works don't save us".
1. Knowing that a man is:
a) not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ;
b) even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of
Christ, and not by the works of the law;
c) for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 2:16.
2. If righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. Galatians 2:21.
3. Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Galatians 3:2.
4. Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Galatians 3:6.
5. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
6. The scripture foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith. Galatians
7. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. Galatians 3:9.
8. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse. Galatians 3:10.
9. For it is written, Cursed is everyone that continues not in all things which are written
in the book of the law to do them. Galatians 3:10.
10. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident. Galatians 3:11.
11. The just shall live by faith. Galatians 3:11.
12. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.
13. That we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:14.
14. If there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should
have been by the law. This teaches that no law gave eternal life. Galatians 3:21.
15. The scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ
might be given to them that believe. Galatians 3:22.
16. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up into the faith which should
afterwards be revealed. Galatians 3:23.
This means that we were shut up in the prison of the law until salvation by faith in Christ
17. The law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by
faith. Galatians 3:24.
18. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. Galatians 3:25.
We are not under the schoolmaster of the Mosaic law.
19. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26.
20. Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? Galatians 4:21.
21. If ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. Galatians 5:2.
This means that if you are trusting your circumcision to save you, or your good works, or
your baptism, or your sacraments, or your church to save you, then Christ has not saved
you. You are still lost and going to hell.
22. I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole
This means that if you trust your works to save you, then you can only be saved by
always keeping all the whole law, which no one can do. Therefore, those trusting their
works are heading to hell.
23. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law.
24. the hope of righteousness by faith. Galatians 5:5.
25. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing nor uncircumcision: but faith
which worketh by love. Galatians 6:15; 5:6.
26. In whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of
27. For by grace are ye saved through faith;
i) and that not of yourselves;
ii) it is the gift of God:
iii) not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8,9.
Four times we are told here that we are not saved by works, but by faith.
Question: Where then do good works come in?
Answer: Good works come after salvation to show our gratitude to God in love for
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God
hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10.
Facts of → Faith in Christ → Salvation → Good Works
Gospel as Saviour after salvation
28. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. Ephesians 3:17.
29. And be found in Christ, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but
that which is of the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.
30. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he
saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Titus 3:5.
31. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by
the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20.
32. The righteousness of God without the law is manifested. Romans 3:21.
33. The righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them
34. Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
...a propitiation (forgiveness and favour) through faith in his blood, to declare his
righteousness for the remission of sins. Romans 3:24,25.
35. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? NO: but by the law of
faith. Romans 3:27.
36. Therefore, we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
37. One God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith,and uncircumcision through faith.
Question: Does salvation by faith and not by works mean that we can go out and sin as
A: Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
The law is now written on the believer’s heart, so that we obey the law of the Spirit of life
from an inward motivation.
38. If Abraham were justified by works he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
39. Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Romans 4:3.
40. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is
counted for righteousness. Romans 4:5.
41. David also describes the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputes
righteousness without works. Romans 4:6.
42. Faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was it then reckoned?
When he was in uncircumcision. Romans 4:9,10.
Note: Abraham was saved by faith before he was circumcised. This teaches us that we
are saved by faith before baptism, good works, sacraments or any human work.
43. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ. Rom. 5:1
Note: Peace with God comes by faith in Christ, not by good works.
44. The Gentiles ..... have attained to righteousness ..... which is of faith. But Israel ..... has
not attained to righteousness. Why? Because they sought it not by faith, but .....by the
works of the law. Romans 9:30-32.
45. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace. Romans 11:6.
Note: If you think you are saved by your own works, then you miss God's grace.
46. Who hath saved us ..... not according to our works. 11 Timothy 1:9.
47. Q: What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
A: Jesus ..... this is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. John
48. i) He said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. Luke 7:50.
ii) When he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. Luke
iii) Purifying their hearts by faith. Acts 15:9.
iv) That they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them that are
sanctified by faith that is in me. Acts 26:18.
v) Jesus said unto him (Bartimaus), Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. Luke
vi) Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. Mark 5:34.
vii)To a repentant leper: "thy faith hath made thee whole." Luke 17:19.
49. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him
shall receive remission of sins. Acts 10:43.
50. By him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be
justified by the law of Moses. Acts 13:39.
Note: If the law of Moses could not justify anybody, how can keeping the laws of the
Catholic Church, Jehovah's Witness, Mormon, Baptism, sacraments, or good works
OBJECTION: Question: "But doesn't James 2:14-26 teach that works save us?" Ans:
1. James in 2:10,11 says that even if we have kept the whole law always
showing good works every day, except in one act of sin, we are guilty of in one point, he is guilty of all."
2. Wherever you have true believers, you have counterfeit believers. Eg:Neither
the priest or the Levite who had religious training, helped the dying man.
Matt.7:21, Luke 10:25-37
3. A poor believer, hungry and without proper clothing entered a church. A
person with dead faith saw the visitor in need, yet did nothing to meet his
needs. He just said a few pious words: "Depart in peace; be ye warmed and
filled". James 2:1-5,16.
Note: Each of these four people had dead faith. Each would defend the idea that he
had faith, yet neither demonstrated that faith in loving works.
To help a needy person is an expression of love, and faith works by love. Galatians 5:6.
The question in James 2:14: "Can faith save him?" is alternatively translated: "Can that
kind of faith save him?" What kind of faith? The faith that is never shown by practical
works. The answer is "NO". Any declaration of faith that does not result in a changed
life and good works is a false declaration. That kind of faith is dead faith.
"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." James 2:17.
True saving faith always produces works.God sees our faith in Christ as Saviour, then
he saves us.
Man cannot see faith. Man can only see our works as the fruit of salvation.
Faith is the Godward condition of salvation.
Works is the manward evidence of salvation.
James illustrates his point with two Old Testament characters:
1. Abraham. "Was not Abraham our Father justified by works, when he had offered
Isaac his son upon the altar?" James 2:21.
a) Abraham was justified before God by age 85. "He believed in the Lord; and he
counted it to him for righteousness." Genesis 15:6; 16:16.
b) Abraham was justified before man by age 137, when he offered up Isaac upon
the altar. Genesis 22:1-14.
2. Rahab. "Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had
received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?" James 2:25.
a) Rahab was justified before God (salvation) when she confessed with her
mouth Jehovah to be God.
"For the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above,and in earth
b) Rahab was justified before man (service) when she received and sent the
messengers out another way. "Then she let them down by a cord through the
window." Joshua 2:15,16.
1. Forsake trusting your works to save you, and receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour from
2. Leave any church that teaches a gospel of good works for salvation. God's curse is on
such a church or religion. Galatians 1:6-9.