Faith Working through Love
Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision
counts for anything,
but only faith working through love (Galatians 5:6).
Justification is one aspect of God’s purpose in our salvation. He wants to
forgive us our sins and save us from the condemnation and punishment in hell.
But that is not all. God also wants to save his people from the filth and
practice of sin. The Father wants his children to be holy as he is holy. So from
the very moment that he justifies them, he also renews their heart and begins a
life-long project to shape them in the image of his Son. This aspect of
salvation is called sanctification.
words justification has to do with our legal standing. God declares the believer
righteous for Christ’s sake. Sanctification has to do with our character and
behaviour; God wants his people to become righteous.
justification is based on the work of Christ on the cross on our behalf, and not
on the merits of our works, sanctification involves the renewing of our
thoughts, desires, speech and actions. God teaches and enables us to do good
works in obedience to his will. We can only become righteous through our
obedience, our good works, and not simply by faith alone.