Justification is more than pardon; to justify means to declare righteous. God’s problem in redeeming man was to justify the sinner without condoning or justify his sin. God could not compromise in judgment and treat sin lightly. Law and justice demanded the death penalty for every sin, Eze.18:4, “the soul that sinneth, it shall die”. God’s solution: Jesus volunteered to be the man to live the perfect life according to the law, gain the righteousness and then give it as a gift to the believer. Rom.6:23.
DEFINITION OF JUSTIFICATION
1. Justification is being accounted righteous before God. Rom.4:3
2. The sinner puts on the righteousness of Jesus Christ
3. God sees him perfect in the righteousness of Christ
4. Henceforth God sees the sinner righteous in the Saviour Rom.4:5
5. Justification is the judicial act of God
6. Those who put faith in Christ are declared righteous in His eyes
7. The believer is free from guilt and punishment
THE INVOLVEMENT OF JUSTIFICATION
1. The forgiveness of sin
2. The removal of its guilt and punishment
3. It is the act of a holy and righteous God to forgive sin. Acts 13:38.
4. God actually delights in forgiving and cleansing iniquity. Micah 7:18-19.
THE IMPUTATION OF CHRIST RIGHTEOUSNESS
1. The justified sinner have put on Christ righteousness
2. The forgiven sinner receives the full rights of citizenship
3. The perfect, holy righteousness of Jesus Christ is imputed to the sinner. Rom.3:22.
MEANS OF JUSTIFICATION
1. By God. He is the author or donor of justification. It is the judicial act of God Almighty. Rom.8:33.
2. By Grace. Grace is the foundation or the source of justification. Rom.3:24, “Being justified….. by His Grace. Titus 3:7.
3. By Blood. Blood is the ground of justification. Without a sinless blood, justification will be impossible. Rom.5:9, “much more then, ……justified by His blood”.
4. By Resurrection. The resurrection is the proclamation of justification. Rom.4:25, “who was delivered for offences…… was raised again for our justification”.
THE EVIDENCE AND RESULT OF JUSTIFICATION
1. The believer now live in new life. II Cor.5:17
2. The believer demonstrate the fruit of justification.
3. The justified now perform works of righteousness. James 2:21-23
4. We have peace with God. Rom.5:1
5. Peace of conscience through mercy of God.
6. Peace of heart through the love of God.
7. Peace of mind through the truth of God.
8. Peace of soul through the presence of God.
9. The believer has access into the presence of God for worship, praise and petition. Rom.5:2.
10. The justified now has favour with God.
11. The justified has free communication with God.
12. He has tribulation in the world. Rom.5:3
13. The world now hates him because he is not of the world. II Tim.3:12.
– We are justified judicially by God. Rom.8:33
– We are justified meditatively by faith. Rom.5:1
– We are justified evidentially by works. James 2:14.