Chapter 22. OUR JUSTIFICATION THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST

Read Chapter 22(OUR JUSTIFICATION THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST) of the Belgic Confession
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We believe that, in order that we may obtain the true knowledge of this great mystery, the Holy Spirit kindles in our hearts a true faith.1This faith embraces Jesus Christ with all His merits, makes Him our own, and does not seek anything besides Him.2For it must necessarily follow, either that all we need for our salvation is not in Jesus Christ or, if it is all in Him, that one who has Jesus Christ through faith, has complete salvation.3It is, therefore, a terrible blasphemy to assert that Christ is not sufficient, but that something else is needed besides Him; for the conclusion would then be that Christ is only half a Saviour.Therefore we rightly say with Paul that we are justified by faith alone, or by faith apart from works of law (Rom 3:28).4Meanwhile, strictly speaking, we do not mean that faith as such justifies us,5for faith is only the instrument by which we embrace Christ our righteousness; He imputes to us all His merits and as many holy works as He has done for us and in our place.6Therefore Jesus Christ is our righteousness, and faith is the instrument that keePsalm us with Him in the communion of all His benefits. When those benefits have become ours, they are more than sufficient to acquit us of our sins.