The good news of the Gospel is that sinful man can be justified before a holy God.
To be justified is to be seen by God “just as if you never sinned in the first place.” To be justified by God is to be acquitted by Him from any sin.
The Bible teaches us how God can justify a sinful man. Let us look at this great passage of the Bible in Romans 3:21-26.
“But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:21-26)
From this passage we see that justification is in Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone.
Justification is in Christ alone:
In verse 25, Paul said that God has set forth Christ “as a propitiation by His blood.” Christ’s blood is the only thing that could ever satisfy the wrath of God against sin.
You see, we have sinned. We have broken the law of God. God said, “Don’t lie,” but we lied. God said, “Don’t commit adultery,” but we had sex outside of marriage. God said, “Don’t steal,” but we took what is not ours. Because we have sinned, we have been declared guilty. The wrath of God is already declared against us.
Feeling sorry for our sins won’t be enough to satisfy the wrath of God. Imagine being in court, confessing to breaking the law like stealing or murder, but promising the judge that you won’t do it again. Will your regret satisfy the law? Of course not. The judge will sentence you in spite of your regret. In the same manner, your regret can’t satisfy the righteous requirement of breaking the law of God.
Your good deeds won’t be enough to satisfy the wrath of God. Again, imagine being in court, confessing to breaking the law like stealing or murder, but telling the judge that you have done more good than bad. Will your good deeds satisfy the law? Of course not. The judge will sentence you in spite of your good deeds. In the same manner, your good deeds can’t satisfy the righteous requirement of breaking the law of God.
We are sealed under the wrath of God, and there is nothing to we can do about it.
But when Jesus died on the cross, He took upon Himself God’s wrath on your sin and my sin. His precious blood is the only thing that can satisfy the wrath of God on your sin. Jesus is the only way through which a Holy God can justify sinful man. That is why Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:7
It doesn’t matter what your religion is, how good or how sinful you are, if you minister at your church or if you have never been to church. You can never be made right with God except through Jesus and His death on the cross.
Justification is by Grace alone:
In v24, we read that we have been “justified freely by His grace.” Justification is a free gift from God to man. There are no acts of kindness that you can do to your fellow man, no fasting, no church sacraments, no giving of money or service that can make you justified before God.
Justification is a free gift from God to man.
“We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (v 23.) Some have sinned more than others. But no one is able to keep the law of God in its entirety. But when we couldn’t reach out to God, God reached down to us. He decided to be gracious to all, to offer his justification “freely by grace” (v24) “to all and on all who believe for there is no difference” (v22.)
Today, God is willing, because of the sacrifice of Christ on your behalf on the cross, to “pass over all your sins that were previously committed” (v25.) And because there is no way you can make it to heaven on your own, God is willing to justify you “freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (v24.)
Justification is through faith alone:
Verse 22 says, “The righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe.” One might say, “Well, if I am justified by the grace of God for free then I can sin as much as I want.”
It doesn’t work this way. Your part in order to receive the righteousness of God and His justification is “to believe.” That simply means to repent of all your sins and make a commitment to start living for God. Just like when a couple gets married, each one commits 100% of their hearts to the other and decides that from that day forward, they are going to abandon living by single rules and start living by marriage rules. This is the kind of heart commitment that God expects from you. To commit that from today forward, you are not going to live by your own rules, or the world’s rules or sin, but by God’s rules. If you have the desire to start living for God , He will give you the power to change and He will make you a “new creation.” 2 Cor. 5:17
The same grace that will justify you before God freely is that same grace that will change your heart and make you a new creation.
You can pray a simple prayer, “Lord Jesus, Thank you that You died on the cross to pay for my sins. I come to you today with all my sins. I ask you to forgive me, to wash me clean with Your blood, and to change my heart from today forward.”
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