Justification is the legal act where God declares the sinner to be innocent of his or her sins. It is not that the sinner is now sinless, but that he is “declared” sinless. This declaration of righteousness is being justified before God.
To be saved means that God has delivered us (saved us) from His righteous wrathful judgment due us because of our sins against Him. It means that we will not be judged for our sins and be therefore sentenced to eternal damnation. To be saved means that we are justified before God. Only Christians are saved. Only Christians are justified. The issue at hand is whether or not this salvation, this justification, is attained by faith or by faith and something else.
Following is a list of verses that show that salvation/justification is by faith. Bold references are particularly pointed.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God.
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
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I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness [come] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
And if by grace, then [is it] no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if [it be] of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name.