This morning at our weekly men’s Fight Club, we honed in on Romans 2:16, where Paul says, “We know that a person is not justified by works of the law, but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Jesus Christ, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”
In light of that passage, we discussed the meaning of justification: “Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardons all our sins, and accepts us as righteous in His sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.” We also discussed the problem with religion and the meaning of faith. Some of the implicaitons that flowed from that discussion involved these issues:
1. Justification is the foundation of the Christian life. But what other things do we tend to make the foundation? Which idols to we stand upon? How does justification address identity issues?
2. Justification is a means to an end. Then what is the “end,” or goal of justification?
3. Justification deals powerfully with performance guilt. Then where is the motivation for obedience?
4. Justification calls me to move from a focus on my works to a focus on the work of Jesus for me. How can I do that? What difference will it make?
5. Why is an attempt to be self-justified a wicked pursuit?
Curious about how we approached these questions? Then join us next Wednesday at 6:30 for Fight Club (guys only / meets at Danny’s Restaurant, just over Crown Mountain on the left heading toward GA 400).