Summary: “The biblical term to justify (diakaioo) means God acquits and accepts the sinner who trusts in Jesus.” Justification is not the forgiveness of a man without righteousness, but a declaration that his righteousness is imputed unto him by Christ.(2 Cor. 5
ARTICLE 5 We believe that justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
The consummation of the act of repentance is when the sinner acknowledges his sin and asks forgiveness and God gives him a free pardon and restores them to a relationship with Himself. This is justification in the believer’s life. The believer is acquitted of his sinful acts and nature. Many individuals say that justification means just as if you had never sinned; your record has been wiped clean by Christ redemptive work on Calvary. Romans 3:24 “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” “The biblical term to justify (diakaioo) means God acquits and accepts the sinner who trusts in Jesus.” Justification is not the forgiveness of a man without righteousness, but a declaration that his righteousness is imputed unto him by Christ.(2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 4:6-8) As we get started, I want to read to you four verses from Paul’s letter to the Romans.
First we’ll read Romans 3:24, “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 4:5 says, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Last of all Romans 8:30 says,
“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”
I want to speak to you tonight on this subject of justification. What is it? Why is it important and what does it mean to us? Perhaps of all the great doctrines of our faith, what the Bible teaches about justification must be among the most important. In fact, it has been said that “a right understanding of justification is absolutely crucial to the whole Christian faith…If we are to safeguard the truth of the gospel for future generations, we must understand the truth of justification. Even today, a true view of justification is the dividing line between the biblical gospel of salvation by faith alone and all false gospels of salvation based on good works.”
There are four facts about justification I want to remind you of tonight.
1. Justification Is A Legal Declaration By God
What exactly does it mean to be justified? I think in some ways we have so dumbed down the Bible and biblical terminology that we are frightened by words like this one. Webster’s Dictionary defines justification as being pronounced free from blame or guilt. Vine’s Expository Dictionary says that being justified is the legal and formal acquittal from guilt by God as Judge. In his book Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem defines justification as an instantaneous legal act of God in which he thinks of our sins as forgiven and Christ’s righteousness as belonging to us. In this legal act God declares us to be righteous in His sight. The justification Christ offers frees one from the penalty of sin, and will keep one free from that penalty. Someone once said that justification means, “Just as if I’d never sinned.”