Justification before the law

We  are looking at the word Justification,what then is Justification? Justification is God’s declaring those who receive Christ to be righteous, based on Christ’s righteousness being imputed to the accounts of those who receive Christ.

 Simply put, to justify is to declare righteous, to make one right with God.

Therefore sinners who come before God’s throne either receive Grace (justification) or suffer the judgment of the law. This simply means that the sinner must know how to legally appeal his case before the throne (the bar of justice in the divine court). Since we are all sinners worthy of judgment that is what we will receive unless we know the lawful way to obtain Grace. Grace means acquittal of forgiveness in spite of the crimes (sins) we have committed.

When the charges are read to us in God’s court, how will we plead our case? Many Christians will tell the judge, “your honour, there is no law against those sins; don’t you recall that you repealed those laws at the cross? “Where no law is, there is no transgression” (Rom. 4:15). You cannot judge me, because all laws were repealed, thus all things are now lawful”.

The judge may answer you like this: “I told you that I came not to destroy the law, but fulfill it (Matt. 5:17). I told Paul that I did not make void the law through faith (Rom. 3:21). I told John that sin is still the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4). I have always told you that I would judge sin. Did you really think you could continue in sin that grace may abound (Rom. 6:1)? Never did I make sin lawful.  I only changed the forms by which men obtain grace when they sin. Depart from me, ye workers of iniquity (Lawlessness)”.

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To obtain grace, a sinner must answer in a way such as this: your  honour, I admit that I am a sinner, that I am guilty as charge of violating your law. I repent of my lawless attitude, thinking I could sin with immunity. I confess that you are just in all your ways and may justly sentence me to death (Rom.6:23). However, Jesus already paid the full penalty for my sins, and I have accepted his provision. The law is thus fully satisfied, for my debt has been paid”.

The judge will answer. “Let the record show that this man’s sins already been paid for in full. Therefore, this court extends Grace to him and releases him. He is no longer under the Law, but under Grace. Go and sin no more.”

If a criminal shows no remorse or repentance for his sins and thinks that he somehow has a license to sin with immunity, God will not extend Grace to him. He is putting away the Law. The bible calls this “lawlessness” (Greek anomia).

God does not acquit the guilty by repealing his law; he acquits by more than the law and paying its full penalty himself. Never was the law upheld and respected more than when Jesus died on the cross to pay the full penalty that was prescribed for our sins. Oh dear Lord Jesus help us to ever remain thankful to you for paying all for our sins.

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