Scripture Proof for Justification by Faith Alone
Genesis 15:6: "Then he believed in the
Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness."
Psalm 32:2: "How blessed is the man to whom
the Lord does not impute iniquity,…"
Isaiah 54:17: "‘No weapon that is formed
against you shall prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in
judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of
the Lord, and their vindication is from Me,’ declares the
Jeremiah 23:6: "In His days Judah will be
saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by
which He will be called, the Lord our righteousness."
Habakkuk 2:4: "Behold, as for the proud
one, his soul is not right within him; but the righteous will live
by his faith."
Romans 3:28: "For we maintain that a man is
justified by faith apart from works of the Law."
Romans 4:3-6: "For what does the Scripture
say? ‘And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as
righteousness.’ Now to the one who works, his wage is not
reckoned as a favor, but as what is due. But to the one who does
not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith
is reckoned as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the
blessing upon the man to whom God reckons righteousness apart from
Romans 5:1:"Therefore having been justified
by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Romans 5:9: "Much more then, having now
been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of
God through Him."
Romans 9:30-10:4: "What shall we say then?
That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained
righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; but
Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that
law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though
it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone, just as
it is written, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a
rock of offense, and he who believes in Him will not be
disappointed.’ Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to
God for them is for their salvation. For I bear them witness that
they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.
For not knowing about God’s righteousness, and seeking to
establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the
righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for
righteousness to everyone who believes."
1Corinthians 6:11:"And such were some of
you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit
of our God."
Galatians 2:16: "Nevertheless knowing that
a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith
in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we
may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the
Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be
Galatians 3:8,9: "And the Scripture,
foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached
the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘All the nations shall
be blessed in you.’ So then those who are of faith are blessed
with Abraham, the believer."
Galatians 3:21,24: "Is the Law then
contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had
been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would
indeed have been based on law....Therefore the Law has become our
tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by
Important applications of justification include
1. Justification demands we trust in Christ’s
righteousness alone and not our own.
Acts 13:39: "And through Him everyone who
believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be
freed through the Law of Moses."
Philippians 3:8-10: "More than that, I
count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of
knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of
all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain
Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my
own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in
Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of
faith, that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and
the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His
Galatians 5:4,5: "You have been severed
from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have
fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit, by faith, are
waiting for the hope of righteousness."
2. Justification properly orients Christian
a. The motive for Christian service and living
becomes obedience out of love and gratitude to a Savior whose gift
of righteousness made law keeping unnecessary, not pride and
self-exaltation in self-righteousness and good works.
Romans 12:1,2: "I urge you therefore,
brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living
and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual
service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but
be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove
what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and
b. The doctrine of justification encourages
morality and discourages licentiousness when we consider the One
who redeemed us and the cost of our redemption. (Cf. Romans
Romans 6:1,2: "What shall we say then?
Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? May it
never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?"
Colossians 1:10: "So that you may walk in
a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects,
bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge
1 Thessalonians 2:12: "So that you may
walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own
kingdom and glory."
Romans 6:17,18: "But thanks be to God
that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the
heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and
having been freed from sin, you became slaves of
3. Justification means Christians may be
assured that they now
possess eternal life.
a. A divine gift is perfect and cannot be taken
back. The gifts and calling of God are without repentance (Romans
Perfect righteousness is a gift (James 1:17;
Romans 3:24). If we are declared perfectly righteous by God all He
can give is perfect righteousness. What condition can exist in the
future so that we can lose our righteous standing? If
righteousness is a gift to sinners and enemies (if He did the most
for us when we were His enemies), will God do less for us now that
we are His precious children, especially given the indescribable
cost of salvation? (Romans 5:8,9)
b. Eternal life could only be a present
condition on a just basis: i.e., if from the point of belief we
were "eternally righteous"–declared eternally
righteous. This is why Scripture teaches that the believer now has
John 5:24: "Truly, truly, I say to you,
he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has
eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but
has passed out of death into life."
John 6:47: "Truly, truly, I say to you,
he who believes has eternal life."
John 6:54: "He who eats My flesh and
drinks My blood has eternal life, and I
will raise him up on the last day."
1 John 5:10-13: "The one who believes in
the Son of God has the witness in himself; the one who does not
believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in
the witness that God has borne concerning His Son. And the
witness is this, that God has given us eternal life,
and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the
life; he who does not have the Son of God does not
have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in
the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know
that you have eternal life" (cf.
If that isn’t worth shouting about, what is?