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Summary: We can be made righteous in God’s sight.

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IF YOU WATCH ENOUGH DAY-TIME TELEVISION, YOU’LL SOON CONCLUDE BY ALL THE “COURT-STYLED” PROGRAMMING THAT AMERICANS HAVE A LOVE AFFAIR WITH SEEKING JUSTICE.

HUMAN NATURE DESIRES TO FAVOR ITSELF. HUNAN NATURE WILL INSTINCTIVELY ENTICE US TO GO THROUGH A LOT OF EFFORT AND TROUBLE TO ENSURE THAT WE NOT ONLY GET WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO, BUT TO SELFISHLY HORD ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING THAT IS OFFERED TO US FOR “FREE.”

WE MAKE CERTAIN THAT EVERY DEDUCTION IS ITEMIZED ON OUR TAX FORMS SO WE WILL GET THE BIGGEST TAX RETURN. WE MAKE SURE THAT WE HOLD ON TO EVERY RECEIT, ANNOTATE EVERY EXPENDITURE, AND CONCULATE EVERY COST SO THAT WE ARE REIMBURSED FOR EVERY SINGLE OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSE.

IT DOESN’T MATTER IF IT INVOLVES MONEY, A TRAVEL VOUCHER, AN APOLOGY, OR PERSONAL PROPERTY, WE WILL PUT A LOT OF EFFORT INTO GETTING THOSE THINGS WE DEEM VALUABLE TO US OR FEEL THAT WE RIGHTFULLY DESERVE OR HAVE EARNED. SIMPLY PUT: WE WANT WHAT WE FEEL IS RIGHTFULLY OURS!

AMONGST THE REBATES, TAX REFUNDS, REIMBURSEMENTS AND FREE STUFF THAT WE CAN GAIN FOR OURSELVES, WE HAVE THE GREATEST OFFER, FREE OF CHARGE, IN WHICH TO CONTEND.

THIS OFFER GIVEN TO US IS ONE THAT OFFERS PARDON AND FORGIVENESS OF ALL OUR SINS. THIS OFFER CAN BE FOR US A DECLARATION OF BEING MADE RIGHTEOUS IN GOD’S SIGHT.

THIS OFFER THAT WE CAN ACCEPT IS CALLED JUSTIFICATION.

THE IMAGE GIVEN HERE IS DRAWN FROM THE COURT OF LAW. TO BE “JUSTIFIED” IS TO BE DECLARED “INNOCENT” BY THE PRESIDING JUDGE. THE JUDGE ISSUES YOU AN ACQUITTAL.

WHAT PAUL IS REFERRING TO IN THIS PASSAGE IN ACTS IS YOUR ETERNAL SALVATION. THIS IS ABOUT YOUR AQUITTAL AND YOUR RELEASE FROM THE BONDAGE OF SIN AND DEATH.

THE MESSAGE IS ABOUT RECEIVING YOUR SPIRITUAL EXONERATION FROM HAVING TO SPEND YOUR ETERNITY TOTALLY SEPARATED FROM GOD IN THE LAKE OF FIRE KNOWN AS HELL.

WHO IS IT THAT “EXONERATES” US? WHO CAN STEP FORWARD ON OUR BEHALF THAT CAN AQUIT US? WHO HAS THE POWER AND AUTHORITY TO RENDER SUCH JUSTICE? THE ONE WHO HOLDS THIS CAPACITY IS OUR “JUDGE.” THIS JUDGE IS, OF COURSE, JESUS CHRIST.

JESUS IS THE ONE WHO FORGIVES, REDEEMS AND SAVES US FROM ALL OF OUR SINS. IT IS HE WHO JUSTIFIES US BY DECLARING US “INNOCENT” FROM ALL OUR PAST CONFESSED SINS. ISAIAH 43:25, “I, EVEN I, AM HE WHO BLOTS OUT YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS, FOR MY OWN SAKE, AND REMEMBERS YOUR SINS NO MORE.”

WHEN WE CONFESS THAT WE ARE SINNERS AND ASK GOD TO FORGIVE ALL OUR SINS, AND THEN ASK JESUS CHRIST TO BECOME OUR LORD AND PERSONAL SAVIOR, WE IMMEDIATELY RECEIVE OUR “JUSTIFICATION” OR WHAT WE CAN KNOW AS OUR FORMAL PARDON FROM ALL THE SINS WE HAVE EVER COMMITTED.

THERE’S NOTHING WE CAN DO TO SAVE OURSELVES. THIS PROVISION HAS BEEN MADE FOR US THROUGH THE SACRIFICIAL DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS.

ONLY BY SHEDDING HIS OWN BLOOD FOR US COULD WE TRULY BE JUSTIFIED. ROMANS 5:9, “SINCE WE HAVE NOW BEEN JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD, HOW MUCH MORE SHALL WE BE SAVED FROM GOD’S WRATH THROUGH HIM!”

BECAUSE GOD IS HOLY, HE CANNOT ACCEPT US BY SIMPLY IGNORING OUR SINS OR DISREGARDING OUR SINFULNESS. BECAUSE GOD IS HOLY, HE CANNOT ACCEPT US BY DEFAULT SAYING, “WELL, AT LEAST YOU TRIED AND AFTER ALL YOU DID THE BEST YOU COULD.”


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