Justification means being acquitted. It means you have been found not guilty before the Lord. Jesus became sin for us, he became our substitute on the cross so that we could be right and guiltless before God. He who knew no sin was made sin so that we could be made the righteousness of God. Jesus did not sin however he was made sin, he took our sin and paid for it on our behalf. We were guilty but God has declared us Righteous. Our sin nature made us transgress against God, we sinned against God, and what we deserved was death, Romans 3:23, All have fallen short of the glory of God, The wages of sin is death. Jesus came and took our crime and paid for it.
Take for example you owe someone money and you cannot pay them. Another person comes and says I’ll pay for you and they pay your debt. Do you still owe the money? No because someone has settled your debt on your behalf. That is exactly what Christ did for us, He came and paid for a crime that we had committed yet could not pay for. In God’s record we are no longer guilty because Christ served our sentence for us on the cross. Colossians 2:14 says He has blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us KJV. We are considered justified, not guilty before God. We are declared Righteous and there’s no charge again us. The bible says who can lay charge against the elect. When God looks at us, he does not look at what we did. He says your sins I remember no more. This is because Christ already took care of that on the cross.
It is important for Christians to understand that we cannot continually fell guilty for sins we committed, and been forgiven for. When we fail to acknowledge that we are not guilty anymore, we nullify what Christ did for us when he dies for us. Christ took every sin when he went to the cross and was nailed with it. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us of all inequities. When we feel guilty, we nullify the work Christ did on the cross.
• Justification is positional, it is a position in the sight of God. A position of guiltlessness.
• It is also progressive, I grow into it. I should continually progress in understanding it. And when I understand it more and more, it bring me to the next level, Proverbs 4: 18. The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, it shines brighter and brighter. As the day goes on
• It is perfective, its aim is to make me perfect, we are perfected in Christ.
• It is through Christ by faith that we are justified. Roman 3:22-26
We are forgiven and perfected in Christ because Christ took all our sins and made us Holy.
1. I am the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
2. There is no sin in me because Christ has made me blames
3. I am not guilty and I do not condemn myself or carry any guilt in me