Justification

  • What is Justify means?
  • What is Justification?
  • Is it possible to justify by ourselves?
  • Who justify us?
  • In what basis God Justify us?
  • Does this cost us anything?
  • Does this cost anyone? or How much does this cost God to justify us? or How God justify us?
    • Is Justification is an act or a process? or Is Justification is an one time event or recurring event?
    • Is Justification is same as Salvation?
    • Is Justification is same as Sanctification?
    • What are the few major outcomes of this justification?

    Justification

    • What is Justify means?
      • Following are from a dictionary:
        1. to show (an act, claim, statement, etc.) to be just or right: The end does not always justify the means.
        2. to defend or uphold as warranted or well-grounded: Don't try to justify his rudeness.
        3. Theology . to declare innocent or guiltless; absolve; acquit.
    • What is Justification?
      • Justification is an act of justifying.
      • Following are the real meanings from the Bible:
        1. Declared Righteous or Righteousness declared.
          • (WW) justification does not mean that God makes us righteous, but that He declares us righteous
          • Through the obedience of Jesus Christ many will be justified or made right in God's sight (Romans 5:19).
            • Romans 5:18-19 - 18 Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous (NLT: made right in God's sight).
            • NLT: Romans 5:18-19 - 18 Yes, Adam's one sin brought condemnation upon everyone, but Christ's one act of righteousness makes all people right in God's sight and gives them life. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many people became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many people will be made right in God's sight.
        2. Just as if I had never sinned:
          • (JC) Justification means being declared righteous—as though we never sinned at all.
            • You see, the Lord doesn’t say, “I’ve been bearing with you and putting up with all of your sin, but I’m such a good God that I’ll overlook it.” No! Once I have faith in Jesus Christ, God looks at me as being justified—as though I never sinned at all.
          • (WW) God looks on us and deals with us as though we had never sinned at all!
        3. (JC) Justification is a legal term that speaks of much more than forgiveness or pardon.
          • (WW) Justification is a legal matter. God puts the righteousness of Christ on our record in the place of our own sinfulness. And nobody can change this record.
        4. (DG) Solves the problem of man’s guilt before a righteous Judge.
      • How could these be?
        • Because God forgets believers sins
          • Jeremiah 31:34 - No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. ForI will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."
          • Hebrews 10:17 (quote from Jeremiah 31:34) - then He adds, "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."
          • Hebrews 8:12 - For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."
          • Psalm 103:12 - As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
          • Is 1:18 - "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the Lord, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
        • God never forget believers good works/services to our God
          • Hebrew 6:10 - For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
            NLT: Hebrew 6:10 - For God is not unfair. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other Christians, as you still do.
          • 1 Corinthians 15:58 - Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
            NLT: 1 Corinthians 15:58
            - So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord's work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
          • Galatians 6:9-10 - 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
    • Is it possible to justify by ourselves?
      • (WW) No sinner can justify himself before God by their good works or by their works of the law.
      • Romans 3:19-20 - 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
      • Application: NEVER TRY TO JUSTIFY YOURSELF through your works.
    • Who justify us?
      • (WW) Justification is something God does, not man. No sinner can justify himself before God.
      • Matt 19:26 - 25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?" 26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
      • Romans 3:22,24,26 - 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
    • In what basis God Justify us?
      • Just believe in Jesus Christ or through faith in Jesus Christ.
      • Romans 3:22 - even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;
        NIV: Romans 3:22 - This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,
        NLT: Romans 3:22 - We are made right in God's sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done.
      • Romans 10:9-11,13 - 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
    • Does this cost us anything?
      • No. We are justified freely by God's grace.
      • Romans 3:24 - being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
      • (WW) Salvation is free, but it is not cheap.
      • (DG) Being in such a sinful state, the only way we can be justified is to be justified freely. We can’t purchase it with our good works at all. If it isn’t made free to us, we can’t have it all. So we are justified freely by His grace - His unmerited favor, given to us without regard to what we deserve. It is a giving motivated purely by the giver, and motivated by nothing in the one who receives.
        1. Freely is the Greek word dorean. The way this word is used in other New Testament passages helps us understand the word. Matthew 10:8 (Freely you have received, freely give) and Revelation 22:17 (And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely) show that the word means truly free, not just “cheap” or “discounted.” Perhaps the most striking use of the ancient Greek word dorean is in John 15:25: They hated me without a cause (dorean). Even as there was nothing in Jesus deserving of man’s hatred, so there is nothing in us deserving of justification - all the reasons are in God.
    • Does this cost anyone? or How much does this cost God to justify us? or How God justify us?
      • He gave His one and only son Jesus Christ as an ultimate sacrifice. So it is not cheap.
      • Dr. G. Campbell Morgan was trying to explain "free salvation" to a coal miner, but the man was unable to understand it. "I have to pay for it," he kept arguing. With a flash of divine insight, Dr. Morgan asked, "How did you get down into the mine this morning?" "Why, it was easy," the man replied. "I just got on the elevator and went down."
        • Then Morgan asked, "Wasn't that too easy? Didn't it cost you something?"
        • The man laughed. "No, it didn't cost me anything; but it must have cost the company plenty to install that elevator." Then the man saw the truth: "It doesn't cost me anything to be saved, but it cost God the life of His Son."
      • John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
      • Gal 2:21 - I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain."
      • Romans 3:24-26 - 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
      • Romans 5:18-19 - 18 Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous (NLT: made right in God's sight).
    • Is Justification is an act or a process? or Is Justification is an one time event or recurring event?
      • (WW) Justification is an act, not a process
        • There are no degrees of justification: each believer has the same right standing before God.
      • Eph 2:8 - 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
      • Gal 5:24 - And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
      • Romans 3:22 - even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;
    • Is Justification is same as Salvation?
      • Yes, Justification is the (WW) Theological term for Salvation.
      • It also means Born Again, accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior,
    • Is Justification is same as Sanctification?
      • No.
      • (WW) Do not confuse justification and sanctification.
        Justification Sanctification
        • When the sinner trusts Christ(Faith in Jesus), God (Justifies)declares him righteous.
        • This declaration will never be repealed (to revoke or withdraw formally).
        • Justification never changes. (Justification is an act.)
        • Justification that enables God to begin the process of sanctification ((2 Cor 3:18)
        • Sanctification is the process whereby God makes the believer more and more like Christ em>((2 Cor 3:18).
        • Sanctification may change from day to day. (Sanctification is a process)
    • What are the few major outcomes of this justification?
      1. Justification by faith brings life to the believers (Romans 5:18).
        • Romans 5:18-19 - 18 Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous (NLT: made right in God's sight).
      2. Justification by faith made  the believers to peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1, 2 Cor 5:18).
        • Romans 5:1,2 - Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
        • 2 Cor 5:18 - 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
      3. Justification by faith made  the believers to access God's thrown of Grace by faith (Romans 5:2; Heb 4:16).
        • Heb 4:16 - Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
      4. Justification by faith made  the believers to rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:2).
      5. Justification by faith made  the believers to experience the Love of God poured out in our heart by His Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).
      6. Justification by faith guard and rule the believers by the peace of God which surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
        • Philippians 4:7 - 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      7. Justification by faith provide the believers the assurance of salvation (1 John 5:13).
        • 1 John 5:13 - 11 And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 So whoever has God's Son has life; whoever does not have his Son does not have life. 13 I write this to you who believe in the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.
      8. Justification by faith enables God to begin the process of sanctification (2 Cor 3:18)—the process by which God makes us in reality what we already are positionally.
        • 2 Cor 3:18 - 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

    Summary:

    • By God's Love and unmerited favor (grace) God sent His son Jesus Christ to die on our behalf as a substitutionary death (propitiation or the atonement sacrifice). Whoever believes or put their faith in Jesus Christ then God declares them as righteous (Justified or Saved)
      • God purchased back by Jesus Christ blood (redeemed) freely (Romans 3:24, 1 Corinthians 6:20) from the slavery of Sin and Satan through Jesus Christ so we are not slave to sin (Rom 6:11)
      • Made us New creation (2 Cor 5:17) cleansing by His blood by
        • Forgot all our sins (Heb 10:17)
        • Removed all our sins (Ps 103:12)

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