Christ’s willingness to die for our sins made possible the gift of justification. What is justification? How does it fit into God’s plan for you?
“Through one Man’s righteous act [Jesus Christ’s sacrifice] the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life” (Romans 5:18).
Justification is a legal standing before God, in which we are absolved from all blame and guilt. A person is justified through his or her faith in Jesus Christ, whose shed blood “cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). Being justified will lead to eternal life.
The Bible mentions that grace, faith and the blood of Christ are what justify a person. Justification is not something we can earn. We cannot be justified of past sins by the deeds of the law (Romans 3:20), though once justified, we must strive not to earn the death penalty again.
Justification is a life-long process. Our faith in Christ is continually perfected in good works (James 2:22). When we sin, we are to confess those sins to God, and He is faithful to forgive (1 John 1:9). Therefore, “who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies” (Romans 8:33). Read more about how we can be justified in the related articles.