Friday, December 02, 2005
The Two Headed Monster of Justification
Justification consist of two parts; 1)forgiveness of sins and 2) imputed righteousness. So when Christians by faith are declared "just/right" in God's eyes, we not only receive forgiveness from all our sins, which bring us to a "neutral" state in our relationship with God, but we receive Christ's imputed righteousness, which brings us into a "positive" state in our relationship with God, thus enabling us to inherit all the blessings which were earned by Christ's obedience.
Below is Westminster Shorter Catechism's definition of justification:
Q. 33. What is justification?A. Justification is an act of God's free grace [a], wherein he pardoneth all our sins [b], and accepteth us as righteous in his sight [c], only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us [d], and received by faith alone [e].
[a]. Rom. 3:24
[b]. Rom. 4:6-8; IICor. 5:19
[c]. IICor. 5:21
[d]. Rom. 4:6, 11; 5:19
[e]. Gal. 2:16; Phil. 3:9