Justification

13 Feb

Q. 33. What is justification?

A. 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. (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q&A 33)

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it–the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.  For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.”-Romans 3:21-25

God is judge of all the earth.  He has set a standard in His moral law, and all people have sinned, falling short of that standard.  Not only this, but we revel in falling short, and delight in the fleeting pleasures we gain from it.  Thus, in God’s court, we stand condemned, guilty of rebellion against a holy, perfect God, and deserving of His wrath.

Yet, Jesus Christ, in His death on the cross, bore our deserved punishment for our sin, satisfying God’s justice.  Therefore, when we respond good news–that Christ has died for our sins and rose again in victory (and to prove His sacrifice was sufficient)–in repentance and faith, we find ourselves receiving a “not guilty” verdict from the judge.  We are free to go, and there is therefore no condemnation.

What are your thoughts and feelings about this work that has been accomplished for you?
How does this lead you to worship God?
In what ways can you express this good news to others, and exhibit it in your daily life?

 

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