And God says during your lifetime on earth, I’m gonna test you, and I’m gonna see how you use, responsibly, the gifts that I’ve put into your life... Because life is a test... Some of you are actually getting into this test a little late, and so you’ve got some makin’ up to do. And you didn’t realize that life was a test. And so now, in the later stage of your life, you’ve got to make the most of what you’ve got because God says He’s watching...God is watching. He watched as Jesus was hanged on a cross outside the wall of the city, as blood and sweat ran down our Savior’s body. He watched as Jesus became a curse for us. He watched as He crushed Him and caused Him to suffer. He watched as Jesus cried out “It is finished.” At that moment, Jesus, the Son of God, died. And with Him, all Christians died. And with Him, all Christians are raised to new life through their Baptism. The written code, that was against us and stood opposed to us, was canceled. God now sees us covered by the blood of the lamb. He sees us as sin-free. By grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone we are given a crown of life.
You see, it takes more than belief, it takes more than faith, to really please God. He says it takes faith that results in loving others. Religion without love doesn’t matter. It’s not enough to say “I believe,” or even that I know my purpose. What matters, is how I love God, and how I love other people. That’s the great commandment.It doesn’t take “more than faith.” It takes faith alone. Sola Fide:
For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith.
Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.