We Enter through Faith, not Works

In Revelation 21:10-12 the apostle John tells us “And he …showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God….It had a great and high wall and had twelve gates.” The wall excludes everything that does not match the Triune God and the gates accept everything that matches Him.

Romans 3:20 says, “out of the works of the law no flesh shall be justified before Him.” Because no flesh can be justified before God by works of law, no man of flesh can enter New Jerusalem. In our natural, fallen state every one of us is a man born of the flesh (John 3:6a) and hence is flesh, unjustifiable by works, unqualified to enter the city. Galatians 2:16 repeats the impossibility but adds good news: “And knowing that a man is not justified out of works of law, but through faith in Jesus Christ, we also have believed into Christ Jesus that we might be justified out of faith in Christ and not out of the works of law, because out of the works of law no flesh will be justified.”

We are justified by faith in Jesus Christ. Furthermore, this justification is unto eternal life (Romans 5:18). Through faith we have both justification (Galatians 2:16) in Christ Jesus and life (John 3:15-16) in Christ Jesus. This qualifies us to enter the city of life, New Jerusalem.

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  1. Hallelujah, I believe! Hallelujah, I am justified! Hallelujah, I can enter into the Holy City through faith!


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