Unlimited: Received by Faith
Jun 23, 2022 197
—to be received by faith (Romans 3:25(c)).
How do sinners receive the atonement accomplished by Christ on our behalf? Paul is clear: It is “to be received by faith.”
We should always remember that justification isn’t achieved by faith; instead it is received by faith. We aren’t saved because we have faith; we are saved because of the atoning sacrifice of Christ. This salvation is received by faith. Righteousness is never achieved, taken, or earned. It is always simply received.
Many people think that they receive salvation based on their own performance. Consider the magnitude of what they are trying to earn!
Our salvation is not achieved, but received by faith.
Such a sacrifice could never be earned, could never be merited, and could never be recomposed. No amount of perfect law-keeping or strenuous good works could ever equal the value of the life of the spotless Son of God shed, poured out for you. To think otherwise is spiritual arrogance and foolishness in the extreme!
The book of Hebrews tells us that,
…faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Heb. 11:1).
Faith is the vital connection with Christ by which we receive the gift. We are confident in the righteousness of Christ, and assured of our salvation, because we know him and that his word is true. To put it very simply, faith is trusting Jesus.
Have you ever tried to achieve salvation, rather than simply receive it? How did that work out?