Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


September 16, 2011

Paul tells us in Romans that the law, obeying the do's and don'ts, cannot do anything but be a conscience--in other words, we've kept the law, or have not. But Paul goes on to say, none of us have kept the law, therefore, we are left guilty.

Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the "law" that requires faith. For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
                                                    --Romans 3:27,28 TNIV


Faith in Jesus Christ is the response to the law. What puts us right with God is not saying, "I tried my best," or, "I'm better than my neighbor," but we are justified, "put right" by trusting the work of Christ. That's what atonement is all about. It's the Law of Faith.

What is required in Christianity to be righteous? Jesus Christ. There is no self-justification, it's trusting the law of faith. That's why it always comes back to the person of Jesus Christ. That's why he's called "savior." That's the new law Paul proclaims.


Dale Patterson