How Is A Sinner Justified?

In a Reformation21 blog post by Ligon Duncan on Monday of this week, prayer was asked for Thabiti Anyabwile. Pastor Anyabwile, at that moment, was debating a Muslim over the question, “Who is God and How are we saved?” (Read the post here.)

Yesterday, Tuesday, I was reading the fifth of Robert Traill’s six sermons on Galatians 2:21 and came across a statement that immediately made me think of the subject that was being debated, “How are we saved?”

After quoting Romans 3:19 and 20, Traill said,

The question that the apostle is there upon, is on this point, that is so great a point in the Christian religion: How shall a sinner be justified before God? It is not how a holy man may be justified; – it is not how a man that never sinned may be justified; but it is, How shall a sinner be justified? a man that is flesh be justified? Now, saith the apostle, there is no flesh justified in the sight of God.”

There is only one way that a man or woman may be saved, forgiven of their sin and made acceptable before Holy God: By grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.


“I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no man comes to the Father but through Me.”   (John 14:6)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”    (Ephesians 2:8,9)

” … that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”    (Romans 10:9,10)

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One Comment on “How Is A Sinner Justified?”

  1. churchrelationships Says:

    Right on. I agree completely.

    church relationship blogger

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