Romans 5:1

Tom Harding

What does it mean to be justified? I am sure that there have been many definitions given and I by no means can fully expound all that is involved in sinners being justified before God. However, I am sure that it means to be eternally pardoned from all sin by the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:18). It means to be acquitted and vindicated of all charges before the holy justice of God (Jude 24). It means to be made and regarded righteous in Godís sight (Col. 1:21-22). How are sinners justified? By God as the source, "It is God that justifieth" (Rom. 8:33). By grace as the spring and fountain, "Justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Rom.3:24). By Jesus Christís sacrifice and blood atonement as the ground, "Being now justified by his blood we shall be saved from wrath through him" (Rom. 5:9). By His resurrection as the proof and evidence, "Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification" (Rom. 4:25). By faith as the means to receive this salvation in Christ, "Being justified by faith, we have peace with God" (Rom. 5:1). Also keep in mind these precious truths of being justified through Christ.

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.

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