Justification: How Can We Be Justified?

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.

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