Summary: Here’s a message about being justified in the eyes of the Lord!
"JUSTIFIED! What Is It?"
(1) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Have you ever been accused of something?
Maybe you did it and were 100% guilty.
Maybe you were falsely accused and innocent.
Somebody accused you of doing something...but you didn’t.
I suspect all of us have had experiences like those.
Sometimes we have suffer the consequences of being accused.
And sometimes we enjoy the benefit of being acquitted.
My favorite TV show is Law & Order.
If we get home in time Sunday evenings...
Pat & I watch The Practice.
I enjoy watching tv shows about courtroom drama.
Well, today’s message is similar to a courtroom drama.
Today we consider the Biblical concept
where God justifies the guilty sinner.
We will examine the theology of Justification.
The Greek word translated justification
is almost the same word used to translate righteousness.
The idea of justification is to declare someone righteous.
Many times we try to justify our actions.
We say: "I was righteous (or justified) in doing that."
But if the truth is known, we may not, in fact, be justified.
We just want to put ourselves in the right...
when we have been accused of doing something wrong.
Mike Townsend is employed by a store in Evansville.
Ruth Wilson also works in that store.
One day during lunch break, Ruth sat down next to Mike.
During the conversation, Ruth said to Mike:
“I saw you break that expensive lamp this morning.”
“The boss thinks a customer did it.”
“I know, said Mike, “but I can’t afford to pay for it.”
“That’s why I didn’t say anything to him.”
“Tell you what, Mike”
“I hate working on Saturdays.”
“If you will work my Saturdays, I won’t say anything.”
“But I like to have a Saturday off once in awhile,” said Mike.
“It’s your choice”, said Ruth.
“Either you work for me...or I tell the boss.”
Now,let’s examine the facts of this case.
Mike Townsend is guilty of breaking an expensive lamp.
Ruth Wilson saw him do it.
Therefore, Mike is under Ruth’s power because he is guilty.
And that brings me to Point #1 related to Justification:
WE NEED TO BE JUSTIFIED BECAUSE WE ARE GUILTY:
Note the terms used in Romans 5
to describe our unjustified condition:
Verse 6 We were helpless and ungodly.
Verse 8 We were sinners.
Verse 10 We were enemies.
Verse 11 We were alienated, unreconciled.
Psalms 51:4. says it very well:
"Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge."
When God says, "All have sinned" He is right.
And when He judges sin, He is just.
We are guilty of sinning in different ways:
There are Sins of Commission:
Godless words, actions or thoughts.
There are Sins of Omission:
Leaving undone the things we ought to have done:
James 4:17 says:
"Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do,
and does not do it, to him it is sin."
Mike Townsend had done a wrong deed.
He broke an expensive lamp and he kept quiet about it.
And Ruth Wilson smugly accused and taunted him.
She confronted him and said,
"I saw what you did.
If you don’t work Saturdays for me, I’ll tell the boss."
The next morning she gave him the same warning.
All that day and the next...Mike felt bound to work for Ruth.
He gave in to her demands because
he was not only guilty