WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE JUSTIFIED BEFORE GOD?
According to most Bible dictionaries, ‘justification’ is the declaring of a person to be just or righteous. It is a legal term signifying acquittal. To be declared justified indicates there was once guilt. The Bible teaches that:
Isaiah 45:25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.
Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Acts 13:37-39 But he (Jesus), whom God raised again, saw no corruption. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
WHAT IS TRUE OF THE JUSTIFIED?
Three times in God’s word we are told that the just will live by faith.
Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, he whose soul is not upright in him will become filled with pride, but the just in his faith shall live.
Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Galatians 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
Not only is it Christ who justifies us, it is the blood of Christ:
Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
WHAT SHALL CHRISTIANS SAY WHEN THE WORLD CONDEMNS US?
Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:“For Your sake we are killed all day long;We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.