I’m Justified. So What?
Thursday, June 9th, 2016
“and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] [a]grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,”Rom 3:24
A failure to properly understand and appreciate the reality of having being declared irrevocably righteous by faith through grace in the redemption of Christ Jesus can cripple believers of the assurance of their standing with God.
First, on the basis of Christ’s propitiatory work accomplished through Jesus’ baptism and death, God’s offended character has been satisfied. God is now free to impart new dimension to all who receive His Son as Savior. This new dimension is the righteousness of Christ and it is like cloak placed around a person, completely covering what he is in his own humanness, giving him a completely new standing in the eyes of God. This imputed righteousness means that every time God looks at me, now that I am His child, He doesn’t see my own righteousness (which falls far short of His perfection anyway), He sees me through the grid of Jesus’ righteousness. Therefore I’m as acceptable to Him as His Son Jesus is, regardless of my daily performance.
The second point that I want to stress is that this righteousness is given to a person free and complete, the moment he places faith in Christ the Savior Who has completely cleansed and forgiven all sins through His baptism and death. It can’t be added to, improved upon by God or man or ever revoked. It’s given strictly on the basis of faith alone.
The ramification in the life of the believer of ‘justification by faith’ are incredible. We will focus on three major benefits namely peace with God, a standing in grace and no more condemnation.
Peace With God
In Rom 5:1 the Apostle Paul says, “therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” This means it happened at a point of time in the past and the implication here is that it never need to be repeated because its effects go on forever. It is imperative that once and for all we get straight in our minds the fact that we have been justified. If we don’t, it is impossible to experience ‘peace with God’’. If I think my relationship with God is in constant jeopardy because of my failure to always live the Christian life correctly, then I will be a nervous wreck, wondering whether God is upset with my performance. I can never experience peace with God until I begin to count as true the fact that I have been given Christ’s righteousness and that makes me acceptable with God.
A Standing In Grace
A second great benefit which has come to the believer through justification by faith is a new standing in grace. Rom 5:1-2 “….into this grace in which we stand”. Remember that we ought to define grace as being ‘all that God had set Himself free to give us and do for us completely apart from any human merit.’ If we can earn it in any way, then it can’t be given to us on the basis of grace. This means God can treat us in no other way than by grace because that is our new standing with Him. There will never be a time in our lives when God will require us to deserve or earn any blessing or favor from Him.
No More Condemnation
The third and yet perhaps least understood benefit of justification is that God doesn’t condemn us anymore. Rom 8:1 The sheer magnitude of this ‘no condemnation’ concept has obviously been hard for believers to comprehend throughout church history. God had already condemned Jesus ‘in our place’ for every sin we will ever commit through His baptism and death. For that reason, God will not condemn the one who believes in Jesus as his Substitute and Savior. Jesus has already taken our penalty and we don’t have to be condemned.
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