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Justification

Defined

 

An act of divine grace that restores the sinner to full relationship with God as if he had not sinned.

 

Outline

 

1. The Need of Justification

2. Guilt Not Imputed to the Sinner

3. Not by Works of the Law

4. Christ the Ground of Justification

5. Relation of Faith to Justification

 

 

1. The Need of Justification

 

Romans 3:10  As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous— not even one.

 

2. Guilt Not Imputed to the Sinner

 

Psalms 32:2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!

 

Zechariah 3:4 So the angel said to the others standing there, “Take off his filthy clothes.” And turning to Jeshua he said, “See, I have taken away your sins, and now I am giving you these fine new clothes.”

 

John 5:24 “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.

 

3. Not by Works of the Law

 

Romans 3:20 For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.

 

Romans 4:2 If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God’s way.

 

Galatians 2:16 Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.”

 

4. Christ the Ground of Justification

 

Romans 3:23-24 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

 

Romans 4:25 He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.

 

5. Relation of Faith to Justification

 

Romans 3:27 Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith.

 

Romans 4:3-5 For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”   4 When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. 5 But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.

 

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

 

Outline is from the Dixon Analytical Bible

Scripture is from the New Living Bible courtesy of www.biblegateway.com

Arranged and modified by HKM 11/19/2010