‘knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.’ Galatians 2:16 (NKJV)

 

This is the summary of it all. This is a power nugget. It cannot be better said nor more concisely put together. This fact must sink deep into our spiritual, mental and theological framework. It must be the bedrock that cannot be shaken. Our concept of life and doctrine must be anchored on this simple truth: man cannot be justified by the law but by faith in Jesus Christ. And simple as it sounds, it takes a deep ‘knowing’ that must be a spiritual revelation from above.

So stop seeking approval based on works. Don’t tie yourself inside the box of human performance to impress God. It must sink into your deepest psychology that ‘by the works of the law, no flesh shall be justified’. It’s not my many good deeds that will make me more precious to God. It’s not what I do but whom I believe in. Of course, after believing, then my works have value before God but my acceptance is not and cannot be first tied to what I do, because all I do outside Christ is valueless. Believe and be accepted, valued, received and embraced by heaven.

‘Lord, this is bringing again a correct balance to my doctrine. I am again reminded that I need to keep my faith and hope centered on Christ; through whom and by whom I find acceptance and approval by God. While I know that Christ wants me to live right, I must accept that it is He who works out the right works for me to live out, not me trying to impress Him by my hard works of righteousness. Thanks again for this reminder, this power nugget Lord. And thank you Jesus for your work of justification. Amen.

 

Dr. Chinedu Oranye

(Mobilization Director, CAPRO)