More Than Forgiven, Justified

Just read this essay (in preparation for a study on Habakkuk) and was struck by the awesomeness of this explanation of justification.

The word, ‘justified’ is a judicial term meaning, ‘just as if I never sinned’. When the judge hits the gavel and says, ‘This man is guilty, but we’ll put him on probation,’ — that is not justification. When the judge hits the gavel and says, ‘This man is guilty, but I forgive him anyway,’ — that is not justification. When the judge hits the gavel and says, ‘This man has never sinned. The charges are untrue. The accusation is unacceptable — that’s justification.

You see, in Christ Jesus we are more than just forgiven — we’re justified. It’s not that God simply says, ‘I forgive you and I’ll put you on probation.’ He says, ‘I pronounce those of you who live by faith to be justified — as if you never sinned at all.’

That’s just a wonderful way of looking at it.  Love it.

(p.s. if anyone is keeping tabs on my daily Bible readings, I’m right on pace – in Numbers 28 right now)

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4 thoughts on “More Than Forgiven, Justified

  1. Innocence is good, but not enough to receive eternal life. We need righteousness.
    A better way to look at Justification is “just as if I’d obeyed” because Jesus paid for our sin (forgiveness) and obeyed for us (so his righteousness is imputed to us).
    Keep reading…

  2. Or, from the Westminster Shorter Catechism
    Question 33: What is justification?
    Answer: Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardoneth all our sins, and accepteth us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.

  3. Pingback: the way of heaven: cease blame and forgive your own condemnation « JRFibonacci's blog: partnering with reality

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