Justified by faith


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Take a look at this scripture…

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, – Rom 5:1

Righteousness and justification are so similar that Eastons Concordance simple puts the two together. Their description is this:

As regards its nature, it is the judicial act of God, by which he pardons all the sins of those who believe in Christ, and accounts, accepts, and treats them as righteous in the eye of the law, i.e., as conformed to all its demands.

In addition to the pardon (q.v.) of sin, justification declares that all the claims of the law are satisfied in respect of the justified.

It is the act of a judge and not of a sovereign.

The law is not relaxed or set aside, but is declared to be fulfilled in the strictest sense;

and so the person justified is declared to be entitled to all the advantages and rewards arising from perfect obedience to the law (Rom 5:1-10).

Woooah! “the person justified is declared to be entitled to all the advantages and rewards arising…”.

Is your heart bursting with excitement? If not, you perhaps don’t know what the rewards and advantages are?

Let’s look at Deut 28:

2 All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:

3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.

6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

7 The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

8 The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

9 The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways.

10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will fear you.

11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you.

12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.

13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail.

Wooah. Hands us who needs this? 😀 Me! Me! Me!

You do not have to HAVE FAITH in these blessings, they simply come to those who have faith in Jesus Christ as the one atoning Lamb of God, it comes to those who believe Jesus died for their sins and made them right with God.

So

  1. clothe yourself in Jesus righteousness and you’re justified
  2. send away the enemy, because he has no remaining claims on you and
  3. thank God for His promises that are yours

You can do this because you are made righteous by Jesus and you are justified by Jesus.

HALLELUJAH! 😀

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