Friday, September 9, 2016


Joel Finck

Scripture Reading: Romans 4:5

Many is the time we have shared the gospel of Christ's finished work on the cross with a "religious" person and had them respond by saying, "Oh, I believe that." Yet deep within our heart, we wonder whether the person has truly been saved. Of course, only the Lord knows their true spiritual condition. Are those who say they believe in Christ's death, burial and resurrection, yet continue in their old religious practices, really saved? The answer lies in our text: "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him thatjustifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness" (Romans 4:5).

There are countless religious people who have been taught and may truly believe that Christ died for their sins. They may even have a firm conviction that He indeed was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathaea and that He actually rose from the dead. If they are still putting one ounce of trust in their own human works for salvation, then they can not possibly be saved, according to the teaching of Romans 4:5-"to him that worketh not, but believeth .... " This is the person who, like Paul, has come to realize that his own goodness and religious fervor avails nothing before a holy God. "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ" (Philippians 3:7).

When we share the gospel with "religious" people, we must be careful to tell them to place all their faith in Christ and not in their own works; so that they might "be found in him [Christ], not having [their] own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith" (Philippians 3:9). 

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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4

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