As we continue the Solas Series, today we're focusing on Sola Fide (faith alone).
Rob and Rick explain that we are justified by faith alone, as opposed to faith plus works.
The important thing to recognize with this topic is that because God is perfectly holy and we are not, thus making us unable to dwell with God (Psalm 5:4). And because he is perfectly holy and righteous, he is also perfectly just, qualifying him as the only One with the right to judge sin.
Because we have all sinned, we are all considered sinful (unholy) (see Romans 3:23). Unfortunately, this means that when we stand before God to be judged we will be rightfully condemned and will have to bear the punishment for our sin.
However, for all who embrace the gospel--that Jesus is God's Son, who on the cross paid sin's punishment for everyone who places their faith in him, and that on the third day rose from the grave in victory over death and sin--they will stand before God as justified rather than guilty.
This justification takes place the moment an individual accepts the gospel. It is through faith alone!
However, this doesn't mean that works aren't important. In fact, James tells us that faith apart from works is no faith at all (James 2:17, 26). Scripture tells us that true faith will always lead to good works.
Although these good works are a necessary evidence, they play no role in our justification. Praise God for that too, because otherwise, it would be extremely exhausting trying to figure out how many good works are enough to earn a right standing with God!
God purchased our salvation through his works and generously gives it to everyone who embraces him through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)