JUSTIFIED BY FAITH OR BY WORKS?
Justification, Dikaiosis in Greek, is the act of God declaring men free from guilt and acceptable to him. Biblically, divine acquittal.
To be pronounced not guilty by God has always been the pursuit of religion. And, in order to achieve this, every major religion, except one, endorses the principle of works – good or bad action – to be justified on the divine scales of righteousness.
That said, this is one ubiquitous religious thinking which is deeply embedded in the human psyche, the thought, that we can get right with God with our works, that we can perform our way into God’s heart. And it is from this viewpoint the endless human saga of achieving good works to gradually earn enough brownie points with God springs from. Continue reading God Justifieth the Ungodly
Psa 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
The Psalmist says: order my steps in thy word; here, King David speaks a language that is militarish in tone, he doesn’t use mild or affectionate words, but the word most esteemed in the vocabulary of the armed forces: order. Continue reading Order my Steps
The Gospel or the Good news is that God imputes (credits) righteousness without works (Human Effort).
Impute comes from the Greek word: Logizomai, which means “to take an inventory of”.
Rom 4: 6-8 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Continue reading Imputed Righteousness
Matthew 18:3 – And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Except ye be converted like little children, Jesus didn’t say except ye be converted like Abraham, Moses or David. Continue reading Except ye be converted…
If anyone of us would like to know what God’s love is like, what we could do then is sit with this chapter, and if we are ready for truth, God will show us what His love is like, and the lovelessness that is there in each one of us. Continue reading 13 from Corinthians 13
Gilbert Tuhabonye was born on November 22, 1974, in the southern county of Songa in Burundi, a small mountainous country in east central Africa. He is the third of four children. His parents were part of the Tutsi tribe and were farmers by profession.
His love of running was forged early. Gilbert loved to run everywhere. He ran to the valley’s edge to get water for his family. Continue reading I therefore so run, not as uncertainly