Faith"Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law." (Romans 3:28)
A guilty sinner is justified when God declares him not guilty on the basis of what Christ did in bearing the punishment of sin on the Cross of Calvary as his substitute.
God does this when a sinner believes, but what is it to believe? What is faith in Christ?
God's Word is True- To become a real Christian we must accept that God's Word is true. Nevertheless, it is possible to accept that God’s Word is true without really trusting in Christ far salvation. A mere theoretical or mental acceptance of the truth of the Bible is not enough.
God's Verdict is True- We must accept what the Bible says about us. We realty are sinners. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). This includes you. "If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us." (1 John 1:10).
God's Verdict is Right- "For thy name's sake, 0 Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great" (Psalm 25:11). David did not think that his sins were trivial and that God should overlook them for that reason. His sin mattered; his sin deserved God's wrath and he accepted that. Do you? Do you accept that the pains of Hell for ever are no more than your sins deserve? Or are you still arguing with God? Still trying to negotiate with God instead of submitting to the Almighty?
Christ can Save- Christ is "able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:25). He has done all the needs to be done on behalf of sinners to make them accepted before God.
Christ Alone can Save- "There is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5). To believe upon Christ for salvation, every other ground of confidence must be abandoned as grounds of hope and Christ must be seen as the only and complete Saviour of sinners.
Christ Will Save
The Lord Jesus said "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." (John 6:37). Do you believe that Christ will take away your sins if you trust in Him? "He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6). The Word of God gives you every encouragement. Ask and you will receive. Ask for what you realty need, the forgiveness of alt your sins through Christ. God invites you to do so. Saving faith is when we rest on Christ alone for salvation in response to God's invitation to do so and his promise to receive those who do. "I said not ....... seek ye me in vain; I the Lord speak righteousness, t declare things that are right." "Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; far I am God and there is none else." (Isaiah 45:19 and 22).