Justification by Grace

And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Revelation 15:3

I was recently asked, “Why is your website called ‘Justification by Grace’ instead of ‘Justified by Grace’? for in bio information given on some of your other sites you confess that you are a sinner saved by God’s free and sovereign grace.”

That’s a great question, and after more than two years with this blog, after nearly 600 posts, I’m glad that it has been asked. It actually comes from something that John Bunyan wrote in his blessed treatise, Christian Behavior:

That the best way to provoke both ourselves and others to this work, is to often affirm to others the doctrine of justification by grace, and to believe it ourselves: “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will,” says Paul, “that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works.”[1]

Mr. Bunyan made this observation based upon the chief scripture of his treatise, Titus 3:7-8,

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

Because we have been justified by grace, according to this blessed passage of God’s Word, we should constantly affirm the gospel truth to ourselves and others. Justification by grace, from Mr. Bunyan’s quote, reminds me always of what Christ has done upon the cross. Certainly, we who have believed are justified by His grace; but the gospel of His justification through His gracious incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension until His consummation at the return, is the blessed truth that is far greater than the testimony of my salvation.

Granted, that He has saved me, is my testimony. True, His saving me is a blessed witness of His saving power. There is no question that His saving me demonstrates that He loves me with an everlasting love. Yet, because I have been justified by His grace (re: Titus 3:7), each time I think to post something on this blog, more and more, I am reminded of His precious work of justification manifested upon that tree of wood, exhibited with power by His bodily resurrection from that carved out stone of earth, exalted with promise in His bodily ascension to the throne of heaven from that mount called Olivet, and ruling and reigning as the sovereign Son forevermore in heaven, over the earth, and in the hearts of His redeemed people until His glorious return.

Those blessed words, “justification by grace,” I pray, may not only be a reminder to me of His blessed person and work, but also to anyone who might come to this blog; that we may all sing with joy the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb:

Great and marvellous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints!”

 


[1] John Bunyan, Christian Behavior, Modern English edition edited by Jon J. Cardwell, Create Space & Vayahiy Press, ©2011, pg.16

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.

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