A Twist of Faith

“For as many as are out of works of Law, [these] are under a curse. For it has been written, Cursed [is] everyone who does not continue in all the things having been written in the book of the Law, to do them. And that no one is justified by Law before God [is] clear because, The just shall live by faith. But the Law is not of faith, but, The man doing these things shall live in them. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us; for it has been written, Cursed [is] everyone having been hung on a tree; that the blessing of Abraham might be to the nations in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith….But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, having come into being out of a woman, having come under Law, that He might redeem the ones under Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba! Father!” (Galatians 3:10-14, 4:4-6).

Contrary to the unregenerate Calvinists who twist faith into a condition or prerequisite for salvation; true faith, rather, believes that Jesus Christ alone met ALL the conditions for salvation (the Galatians passages cited above presenting a clear and strict view of what those conditions are). Jesus Christ met, in full, the penal and preceptive demands of God’s law and justice. The aforementioned Calvinists, with their added conditions and prerequisites, have made themselves debtors “to do all the law” (Galatians 5:3).

At the time of God’s appointing, the promise of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of His Son, is sent forth to glorify Jesus Christ in the hearts of all whom Christ represented by granting to them a faith that receives the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ and is justified, crying out, Abba! Father! While this faith is indeed the instrument through which God’s elect receive righteousness imputed, justification, and adoption; this righteousness imputed, justification, and adoption COME TOGETHER WITH faith as an immediate and inevitable result (fruit) of the Spirit’s regenerating work (Galatians 4:4-6).