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What is Justification? What does it mean to be Justified?"
To justify means to declare righteous or blameless, to make a person right with God (Rom.5:1). Justification is when God states that those who believe God (1 Jn.1:10-13), and accept and receive His only begotten Son (Jn.3:15-16,36), are righteous, blameless, which is based on Christ’s righteousness being assigned to the accounts of those who receive Christ (1 Cor.1:30; 2 Cor.5:21). Although justification as a principle is found all through Scripture, the main Passage relating to justification in relation to believers follows:
Romans 3:21-26 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (KJV)
We are justified the very moment of our salvation. Justification does NOT make us righteous, but instead states us to be righteous in God’s eyes. That righteousness comes when we place our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. His precious Blood (1 Pet.1:18-19) shed on the cross, covers our sin, allowing God to see us as perfect and unblemished. For without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin (Lev.17:11; Heb.9:22).
As believers, we are in Christ. When God looks down at us redeemed sinners, God sees the Blood of Christ and His righteousness . . . and God will NEVER turn His Back on that. Our belief in faith, justifies us in God the Father’s eyes! We have met God's demands for perfection by our FAITH, so He declares us righteous . . . He justifies us. In Christ: (Rom.8:1; 16:3,7,9; 1 Cor.1:30; 3:1; 4:10,15; 16:18.22; 2 Cor.5:17; 12:2; Gal.1:22; Eph.1:1,3,10,12; 2:10,13; Phil.1:1; Col.1:2; 1 Thes.2:14; 2 Tim.3:2; Phm.1:23; 1 Pet.5:14).
Romans 5:18-19 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (KJV) . . . This sums it up very well. Because of justification, the peace of God is in our lives (Jn.14:27). It is only because of justification that believers can be assured of salvation (Jn.3:16,18,36; 5:24; 6:40,47). And it is only because of justification, that God will begin the process of sanctification in us . . . the process that sets up apart for God. Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV)
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