“Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,” (Romans 4:4-5)
If we want to approach God on the basis of our works, we nullify His grace. The idea of grace stands opposite to the principle of works.
Grace has to do with receiving the freely given gift of God.
Works has to do with earning our merit before God, and our “wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.”
When our relationship with the Lord is right, we naturally respond from our hearts to do all He wants us to. Our works are thus motivated by our love to Him.
“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;” (2Corinthians 5:14)
Righteousness can never be accounted to the one who approaches God on the principle of works. Instead it is given to the one who “believes in Him who justifies the ungodly”.
As humans, we might expect God would only justify a godly man. But because of what the Lord Jesus did on the Calvary Cross, God can justify the ungodly, but not because He is happy with our ungodly condition.
We are not justified because of our ungodliness but despite our ungodliness.
Justification is not a fiction. It is a miracle.
Just as Abraham’s “faith was accounted to him for righteousness”, we can enter into this relationship with God also. If he had been justified by works, room would have been left for boasting, which must for ever be excluded.
There is only one way of salvation:
Everyone who has ever been saved, is saved by grace, through faith, in Christ.
Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,