Leslie M. John
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30)
Justification is the declaration that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ makes before the Father about a sinner, who has confessed his sins and accepted Jesus as his personal savior. It is a judicial act that Jesus performs before the Father. We who are saved did not need to do anything for being justified as righteous other than believing in Jesus as our Lord.
The sinner, who confesses him as the ‘Lord’ is justified by him as righteous because Christ bore sinner’s sin on himself and was crucified on the cross and died in sinner’s stead. Jesus became propitiation for sinner and the sinner is redeemed from his sin. The sinner is seen by the Father as righteous and holy. The blood of Jesus Christ that cleansed the heart of the sinner, who is made righteous shows the sinner’s heart as clear as a crystal.
The sinner who has accepted Jesus Christ as personal savior is justified as holy and righteous. The justification originates in and through the grace. It is by grace through faith in him that a sinner is saved. No amount of good works can save a person, nor can justify him as righteous before God.
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”. Romans 3:24
Jesus is the Son of God. He paid the price on the cross in the stead of sinner. Jesus bought us not with silver or gold but with his precious blood and redeemed us from the sin that we indulged in. No charge is laid against the man saved by accepting Jesus as personal savior. Christ forgives every sin, except blasphemy of Holy Spirit, irrespective of how grave the sin is. Christ has established the law by taking upon himself the penalty of sin, which is death. Christ fulfilled all the law of the Old Testament.
It is so comforting to know that we who were by nature the children of wrath fulfilling the lusts of our flesh are saved by faith in Christ. (Ephesians 2:3) Jews and Gentiles were all under sin. Irrespective of whether the sinner is a Jew or Gentile the salvation is available to everyone. Can Jews be justified as better ones than the Gentiles? No. Apostle Paul shows the commonality between Jews and Gentiles with regard to the nature of sin in them and the need for being cleansed of that sin in the blood of Jesus Christ.
All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Neither works nor circumcision would earn salvation. There is no salvation to any one unless one believes that Christ died for his sins. (Acts 17:31, Romans Ch.4:25, Ch. 5:8-10, Ch. 10:11 and 1 Corinthians Ch.15:3)
“Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:25)
For some one who thinks that his works can save him the salvation is not of grace but of debt, but for someone who has faith in Jesus and seeks his grace for forgiveness of sin the salvation is by grace.
“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Romans 4:4-5)
“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”. (Acts 13:38-39)