In case you missed yesterday’s post from Who Am I, here is the link: Who Am I? I Am Christ’s Friend. The first two are right here: Who Am I? I Am God’s Child, Who Am I? I Am Accepted in Christ. This is the fourth post in this series and even though these posts do not “build” off of each other it is still nice to know the other truths of who we are in Christ. Today, I want to remind you that if you are a believer then you are justified in Christ.
Justified is sort of a Christianese word, so let me give you two definitions. Here is Dictionary.com’s definition:
Q. 33. What is justification?
Answer: Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardons all our sins, and accepts us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.
So, allow me to break this definition down since this too is loaded with Christianese. I will use Ligonier’s site to help with this! Here is what they say:
Justification is as simple as A-B-C-D. Justification is an act of God. It does not describe the way that God inwardly renews and changes a person. It is, rather, a legal declaration in which God pardons the sinner of all his sins and accepts and accounts the sinner as righteous in His sight. God declares the sinner righteous at the very moment that the sinner puts his trust in Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:21-26, 5:16; 2 Cor. 5:21).
What is the basis of this legal verdict? God justifies the sinner solely on the basis of the obedience and death of His Son, our representative, Jesus Christ. Christ’s perfect obedience and full satisfaction for sin are the only ground upon which God declares the sinner righteous (Rom. 5:18-19; Gal. 3:13; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 2:8). We are not justified by our own works; we are justified solely on the basis of Christ’s work on our behalf. This righteousness is imputed to the sinner. In other words, in justification, God puts the righteousness of His Son onto the sinner’s account. Just as my sins were transferred to, or laid upon, Christ at the cross, so also His righteousness is reckoned to me (2 Cor. 5:21).
By what means is the sinner justified? Sinners are justified through faith alone when they confess their trust in Christ. We are not justified because of any good that we have done, are doing, or will do. Faith is the only instrument of justification. Faith adds nothing to what Christ has done for us in justification. Faith merely receives the righteousness of Jesus Christ offered in the gospel (Rom. 4:4-5).
Finally, saving faith must demonstrate itself to be the genuine article by producing good works. It is possible to profess saving faith but not possess saving faith (James 2:14-25). What distinguishes true faith from a mere claim to faith is the presence of good works (Gal. 5:6). We are in no way justified by our good works. But no one may consider himself to be a justified person unless he sees in his life the fruit and evidence of justifying faith; that is, good works.
Justification is an act of God based on the obedience and death of His Son, which comes about by the sinner confessing their trust in Christ and is demonstrated as genuine by bearing good fruit.
All of this to say that if you are IN Christ then you are justified. Acquitted of the guilt of your sin. Your sin is absolved by the blood of Christ. You stand before the Holy and Just God of the universe innocent because of Christ’s work, not your own work.
Justification is a finished act. Look at Romans 5:1, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is past tense. It happened. Not is happening or will happen, but we were justified. We continue to be sanctified, but not justified. We have already been declared righteous once and that is all it takes. Because we have been declared righteous we now have peace with God. All this comes through Jesus Christ.
For my pardon this I see:
nothing but the blood of Jesus.
For my cleansing this my plea:
nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Nothing but the Blood- Robert Lowry