I am justified.

justifiedBecause I believe Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, I am justified.  This year I have been studying Romans in Bible Study Fellowship and my pastor just finished a lengthy sermon series on Romans.  I am learning that being justified is a really big deal.  Why?  To be justified means to be declared ‘not guilty’ and to be acquitted of wrong doing or shown to be innocent. Because of our sin nature we are guilty before God and can do nothing to help ourselves.  We can’t do enough good works or be really good and earn enough ‘points’ to be declared worthy or clean before God.  All you have to do is look around you to see that people do wrong things all the time even when they don’t really mean or want to.  Romans 3:23, “ for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” is pretty plain that all mankind are sinners.  However, let’s look at verse 24, “and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,”.   We are all sinners but saved by Jesus because He declares us ‘not guilty’ though His work on the cross.   It was a gift to us though His grace when we believed in Him.  We did nothing to deserve it.  Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”   Our faith in Jesus brings us into a relationship with God that is peace filled and free from the guilt and burden of our sin. justifed by graceMartin Luther declared many centuries ago that we are saved by grace alone, in Christ alone and by faith alone.  Christ did all the work to save us and justify us before God.

As I think about this, I am overwhelmed with gratitude.  Jesus saved me from condemnation and declared me ‘not guilty’ before our heavenly Father.  I will no longer be subject to the penalty I really deserve for my sins which is eternal death.  I am also now open to God’s peace and can let it fill me each day as I rest in His eternal redemption. Praise God!  How about you?  Are you resting in Jesus?  Let this time of Lent be a time of peace filling as you praise Jesus for dying for you and declaring you Not Guilty before God.

Eternally grateful for His justification and peace,

Linda

2 thoughts on “I am justified.

  1. Hi! I do not mean to be disrespectful to you or your work here. In fact, I’m really happy you are letting people know about our One True Lord – Jesus Christ. I think you do it out of love and you are letting people know about The Gospel – which is exactly what God told us to do. 🙂 I just wonder what is your opinion about verses in Bible that teach us that in order to be truly forgiven we have to feel the guilt for sin in our hearts, fast, pray and speak our sins with open mouth before God Himself, which is possible since Jesus Christ died for our sins and gifted us with Holy Spirit. I do not mean to say I’m better than you, actually, for the record, I am an awful sinner and I do not make those things right before my Savior and Lord – Jesus Christ, my Father in Heaven Jehovah or the greatest gift mankind could get – Holy Spirit, by whom we CAN be freed, but only if we WANT to. I recommend you to read the Galatians, if you didn’t already. It clarifies those things – at least for me.
    God Bless you. I wish you the best.

    • Thanks for your thought-filled response. It was a pleasure to read when I sat down at my computer. I love Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh live by faith in the Son of God , who loved me and gave himself for me.” It seems the more I know Jesus and realize the extent of His suffering for me, the greater my sorrow over my sin. I am so thankful that He declared me not guilty and freed me to serve Him in love. Have a blessed day.

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