“For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the Law” (Romans 3:28).
The plural language, we, indicates a collective commitment within the church to this transformational, and covenant-fulfilling, spiritual reality. Being justified by faith doesn’t mean the Law wasn’t working so God lowered the bar to accommodate humanity; that God’s grace and your faith is a license to do as you please; that God is no longer interested in his people being a holy people, and his established boundaries can be ignored. Being justified by faith is so much more than just the forgiveness of sin; it is the “righting of the ship” and resets the course of one’s life. Any compromise of, or codicil added to, the foundational precept of justification by faith erodes the gospel and reverts back to a salvation based on works.