Sunday, May 31, 2015
Justification is a legal declaration by God that we are righteous. It involves God forgiving our sins and at the same time imputing the righteousness of Christ unto us. Imputation of Christ righteousness is illustrated in Romans 4:3 (KJV):
'For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.'
This is further explained by Paul in Romans 4:4-5 (KJV):
' 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. :5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.'
Justification is a completed of work of God and it is instantaneous.Galatians 2:16 further adds:
'Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.'
It means that justification is by the faith of Christ alone (not our effort in conjuring up faith). Justification is on the merit of His work on our behalf, and hence, our own work is disqualified.