WHAT DOES BEING JUSTIFIED MEAN?

Because all have sinned and fell short of the glory of God, there is a legal issue between God and us. We have a debt we cannot pay, and the result of that debt is unrighteousness, through sin. The wages of sin is death and eternal separation from God. Justification is a one-time act on God’s part to bridge the gap between a Holy God and sinful man through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That gap is sin. Justification deals with the debt, the penalty of sin in order to take a sinner to a saint, a child of the Most High. Justification-just as if I’d never sinned. Justification assures and guarantees our position in Christ. Justification is the first part of our salvation in which all things pertaining to our position in Christ have been declared. He has declared us righteous, blameless and spotless in His sight. He has given us eternal life, peace with God, total acceptance and love, forgiveness of all sins, and more. Quite simply to be justified means that the legal issue between God and us has been dealt with. We are free now from the penalty of sin, and that is permanent and unchangeable. Justification is what God has already done for us through Christ and what He has given us in Christ. Justification is what ushers us into this new life as Christians. Justification is the foundation of our faith because it gives us our place and standing before God, it shows us how it is Him who is the one who delivers us from sin and self, because we are now alive in Christ, dead to sin, fully His, forever!