October 22 - Sola Fide
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This Sunday Bryan Launer will begin a new class on Understanding the Heart in the youth room at 10:00am. This class will explore what Scripture says about the heart, why it's so important, and how you can better understand your own heart and help others. Ray Rutledge and Bo Pritchard will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the New Testament).
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,  whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.  It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.  Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith.  For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. (ESV)
The central question of the Reformation, How can a man be made right with God? Martin Luther was not satisfied with the answers that the Roman Catholic Church provided to this question. As he searched the Scriptures, he came to understand that a person is justified by faith alone apart from works. He saw this in passages such as Romans 3:28, where Paul says, “We hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.” And also Galatians 3:16, where Paul says again, “We know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ.” God declares sinners righteous against the evidence, imputing Christ righteousness to their account, and imputing their sins and punishment to Christ. Luther called this a "sweet exchange" and insisted that justification comes to sinner through faith alone in Christ alone. This is the biblical gospel foundation on which our understanding of salvation is built.
Review and Apply
What role did the Luther’s new understanding of justification by faith alone play in the story of the Reformation?
What does it mean to be justified before God? And how does a person come to be justified before God?
How is justification by faith apart from works the best foundation on which to move forward in good works?