What Is Justification?
Written by Mike Sproul on Jun 6, 2018
What is justification? Romans 8:30 “And those whom He predestined He also called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified”.
When someone responds to God’s call in repentance and faith, God responds to that person’s sins as forgiven and by thinking of Christ’s righteousness as belonging to that person. At that very moment, God also declares that person to be righteous in His sight. This act of God is called justification.
Justification is an instantaneous legal act of God in which He:
- Thinks of our sins as forgiven and thinks of Christ’s righteousness as belonging to us.
- He declares us to be just or morally righteous in His sight.
Romans 5:1 says “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”.
Galatians 2:16 says: “knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified”.
Romans 3:21-26 says “But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus”.