24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
So if one is justified FREELY BY HIS GRACE, then why do most Christians (so-called) insist on WORKING to gain justification in the eyes of God?
What does justification mean?
The action of declaring or making righteous in the sight of God.
So if one has been declared or made righteous in the sight of God, why are they still “doing good works” in order to be made righteous in the sight of God?
It can only mean that –
They do not fully trust Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross to save their souls (hence the reason they must DO something/s in order to be made acceptable and/or righteous in the eyes of God).
Not trusting that Christ’s death for your sins, burial and resurrection alone is sufficient to save your eternal soul is tantamount to being unsaved (lost). Not until you can completely trust in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross alone, and cut out your own ability to save yourself – only then will you be saved : justified in the eyes of God, reconciled to Him, sanctified, have Christ’s imputed righteousness, not to mention eternal life.
Most people do not rely solely on Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross as they make themselves co-saviours with Christ which equates to belief in what He did + their own good works and/or ability = another gospel.
The Apostle Paul is clear :
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Many people believe in God, many believe in Christ, many trust in Christ, many even follow Him – but not many believe or rely solely in HIS FINISHED WORK ON CALVARY’S CROSS.