Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By one of works? No, on the contrary, by a law of faith. For we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God for Jews only? Is He not also for Gentiles? Yes, for Gentiles too, since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then cancel the law through faith? Absolutely not! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Faith has always been the means through which any individual gains forgiveness of sin and entrance into the celestial city. Faith is not contrary to the law, it upholds it. Read Hebrews 11 for evidence of this.
Salvation, being by faith alone in Christ only, is meant to crush human boasting (pride). We as corrupt and fallen creatures will seek any reason whatsoever to boast; including having faith. “‘I’ have faith,” you will hear people say. Yet your faith is only as good as the object you place it in. Faith in the person of Jesus will save you. Faith in faith will not. Faith in faith is essentially faith in me and not in Jesus.
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5).
People get worked up by thinking Christians are narrow because they declare that there is only one way to enter heaven. Yet aren’t you thankful that there is “a” way? How gracious of God that there is a way. It is called grace.
1. Who is the original source of pride?
2. When I am proud, who am I resembling?
3. Name me one thing that you can take credit for?