Justification. We’ve read it in scripture. We’ve talked about in bible studies. We’ve invented clichés to describe it. But, do we truly know what it means? “Just as if I’d never sinned” is one of the most poignant clichés to describe it, but is that all there is to it? If all our attention is focused on what we’ve already done and that Jesus’ blood only covers those sins, there’s always that question in the back of my mind of whether or not He’ll cover sins I’ve never even thought of yet. In Romans 5: 1 the word ‘justification’ is mentioned. The same Greek root word for justification is ‘righteousness’. If you were to ask how many Christians feel righteous there would be few that would answer “yes”, and yet…we ARE righteous IN Christ Jesus. Something magnificent happened at the cross of Calvary. Jesus Christ removed ALL our sins. He removed them as far as the east is from the west and cast them into the uttermost parts of the sea. They’re gone…ALL of them, even the ones we’ve not yet committed. Not only did he remove our sins on the cross, but he imparted his own righteousness onto US. We’re not righteous because we’re good…we’re righteous because Jesus gave us His righteousness. Look at those first two verses: “Since we have been justified = [made righteous BY FAITH] we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through HIM we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” While it’s true that we cannot completely understand the bigness of our salvation (because it’s so magnificent) we can certainly understand the bigness of our sins. But you and I need to understand and appreciate that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross dealt with our sin problem and continues to do so every day we live. Have you surrendered yourself to the only remedy for sin that exists? Have you given your life to Christ? Without Him you won’t have peace. Without Him you won’t have access to obtain holiness. Without Him you cannot stand. Without Him there will be no rejoicing.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you!
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.