Written by Larry M. Jaynes:
Galatians 2:16 – Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
The Church in Galatians was practicing the Law because they began to believe that their sanctification (their being set apart for heaven) was contingent upon their own actions and abilities. But in stark contrast, justified means “just as if I’d never sinned,” being made free from guilt, and thus we present ourselves before God as those who are righteously acquitted of any wrongdoing. The faith of Jesus Christ has already given us our justification before God, rather than being justified by any of our works. The Greek word for faith is pistis and means believing. Our complete justification is given to us based not on works but rather on the believing faith of Jesus Christ himself, who gave himself for us.
Romans 4:25 – Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
Jesus Christ was delivered unto death for our offences, for our sins and shortcomings. However, he was raised from the dead so we may receive our justification. Jesus himself had the believing faith that his sacrifice would secure our own justification. Today we do not need to base our justification on our own works, but rather our justification is because of the absolute believing of Jesus Christ who died and was resurrected for us. This is why we are justified today and all that we have to do is believe on the work of Jesus Christ and his accomplishments.
Romans 5:1 – THEREFORE being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Again, we are justified by faith, and this faith is the believing faith of Jesus Christ, and as a direct result of his faith we were justified. With the faith of Jesus Christ, we have a genuine peace with God. We are not at war with God, and contrary to some schools of thought, God is not at war with us, rather we are at peace with Him. Peace with God is something that we have received because we are justified by the faith of Jesus Christ. Peace is not something that we need to hope for but rather it is something received, something spiritually enjoyed, and something totally deserving to our souls because Jesus gave his life so that we will forever be justified and have continuous peace with our heavenly Father.