The Law of Faith

Have you ever heard of the term “law of faith”? It is found several times in the book of Romans- for example, Romans 3:27 says, “Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.” Paul was teaching that a right relationship with God (salvation) could not be achieved by way of a works-based law. The law of faith is essentially the opposite of a law of works (earning merit by doing “good” deeds). The fact is, a person cannot obtain salvation by doing anything to earn it; but instead, by trusting in and relying on the grace of God through Jesus Christ.

FAITH is taking God at his word, knowing that he will carry out his word and be faithful to his promises; furthermore, we believe this to the point that we act on it. Additionally, faith is trust and complete confidence in Jesus Christ and what He did for us, always thinking highly of Him. The law of this kind of faith is the mechanism by which we can be saved: “For by grace ye are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). This verse is at the heart of Christianity because by God’s grace (divine favor; power and desire to do God’s will), through our unwavering trust in God, we not only receive our salvation or deliverance from sin, but also God’s promises, answered prayers, and the power/will to be obedient: Galatians 5:5 (salvation); Hebrews 11:6 (God’s promises); Ephesians 3:12 (answered prayers); and Hebrews, chapter 11- “Hall of Faith” (power and will to be obedient and to receive promises).

A critical principle to remember is that it is a law of faith, which makes genuine trust in and reliance on Jesus Christ essential for everything that has to do with our salvation; and thankfully, God provides the grace for us to have that kind of faith.