Part One: Doctrine

Chapter Five: Justification (pg 11 of 29)

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Chapter 5. JUSTIFICATION

              a. General. The Bible teaches that sinners are justified ("just as if they had never sinned") in the sight of God only by the righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed to them. There is no other means and no other condition to the justification of God's children.

              b. Proof Scriptures. The following are a part of the scriptures that teach that God's children are justified and made to have a standing before God as if they had never sinned by the sovereign actions of God alone:

Romans 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

Romans 4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Romans 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  

               c. Chosen to Justification. It is those that are chosen by God, though by nature sinners and deserving of God's wrath, that are justified by God's grace:
i.             All of mankind are sinners my nature and deserve God's wrath

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Psalms 53:2-3 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

ii.            It is from among those that are dead in trespasses and sins that God has chosen a people to be justified and saved by Jesus Christ

Ephesians 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.

Ephesians 2:1-3 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; ... and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  

              d. God Just. God is a just God, and does not overlook sin; but rather justifies his children by making them just as if they had not sinned by washing them in the shed blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. This justification is the opposite of the condemnation which all mankind by nature deserves.
i.              Justification is not by any action on the sinner's part, nor the keeping of any law or meeting any condition, but rather is solely by the grace or unmerited favor of God:

Galatians 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Titus 3:5-6 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

ii.            Justification and eternal salvation are solely the gift of God and solely by the work of God:

Romans 4:6-7 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  

              e. Means of Justification. The means by which God's children are justified is the shed blood of Jesus Christ applied by the Holy Spirit in the new birth:

Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Romans 5:8-9 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.  

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