I often wondered about the whole Justification by works and Justification by faith argument. I get the argument and I lean towards the Justification by Faith side (it's what prevents me from being a Catholic).
I get that we can never do enough to be justified. I get that law is insufficient. But I wonder also can we ever have enough faith to be justified? Six times Jesus is quoted in the Gospels as saying “Oh you of little faith”.
Is it then simpler to understand that we are justified - period. Are we justified “not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” (1Pe 1:18-19)?
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? (Ecc 1:2-3)
Nothing we do can be enough. Are we then not justified by faith or by works, both of which are attributes of man and are futile, but by Jesus?