Faith is the depending upon the word of God only, and expecting that word only, to do what the word says.
Justification by faith, then, is justification by depending upon the word of God only, and expecting that word only, to accomplish it.
Justification by faith is righteousness by faith; for justification is the being declared righteous.
Faith comes by the word of God. Justification by faith, then, is justification that comes by the word of God. Righteousness by faith is righteousness that comes by the word of God.
The word of God is self-fulfilling; for in creating all things, "he spake and it was." And when he was on earth, he stilled the raging sea, cleansed the lepers, healed the sick, raised the dead, and forgave sins, all by his word: there, too, "he spake, and it was."
Now, the same One who, in creating, "spake, and it was;" the same One who said, "Let there be light: and there was light;" the same One who on earth spoke "the word only," and the sick were healed, the lepers were cleansed, and the dead lived,—this same One speaks the righteousness of God unto and upon all that believe.
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