28 Justification By Faith
if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son,
much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:10
I am not
saved by believing; I realize I am saved by believing. It is not repentance
that saves me, repentance is the sign that I realize what God has done in
Christ Jesus. The danger is to put the emphasis on the effect instead of on the
cause. It is my obedience that puts me right with God, my consecration. Never!
I am put right with God because prior to all, Christ died. When I turn to God
and by belief accept what God reveals I can accept, instantly the stupendous
Atonement of Jesus Christ rushes me into a right relationship with God; and by
the supernatural miracle of God’s grace I stand justified, not because I am
sorry for my sin, not because I have repented, but because of what Jesus has
done. The Spirit of God brings it with a breaking, all-over light, and I know,
though I do not know how, that I am saved.
salvation of God does not stand on human logic, it stands on the sacrificial
Death of Jesus. We can be born again because of the Atonement of Our Lord.
Sinful men and women can be changed into new creatures, not by their repentance
or their belief, but by the marvellous work of God in Christ Jesus which is
prior to all experience. The impregnable safety of justification and
sanctification is God Himself. We have not to work out these things ourselves;
they have been worked out by the Atonement. The supernatural becomes natural by
the miracle of God; there is the realization of what Jesus Christ has already
done – “It is finished.”