Job 9:1-4 (ESV)
Then Job answered and said:
“Truly I know that it is so:
But how can a man be in the right before God?
If one wished to contend with him,
one could not answer him once in a thousand times.
He is wise in heart and mighty in strength
—who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?
”…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in
Christ Jesus…”Romans 3:23-24 (ESV)
What does it mean to be “justified?” You might have heard the word while growing up in church, but have never really come to an understanding of what it means exactly. To put it simply, being justified means, “to be in the right.” Or in this case, be in right relationship with God. In order to be in right relationship with God, we have to be guiltless. The problem is, all of us are guilty. God is the great Judge and everything hinges on whether He declares you guilty or innocent.
The greatest question in the history of mankind is this: “How can man be made right with God?” The book of Romans gives us the answer, as well as the entire Bible. Think about this truth: We have sinned against God and angered Him. He is a perfect judge, and we have broken His law (His standard of what is right and acceptable). Although God does not delight in the death of the wicked and condemning people (see Ezek. 18), He cannot let sinners into heaven without someone taking the punishment.
This is why He sent Jesus: to take the punishment for your sins and declare you innocent if you trust in Him. And because of faith in Jesus Christ, you too can be made right with God. Not because of any good works of your own, but all because of Christ alone.
Of course, repentance comes with this (turning away from your sin and living in response to a right relationship with God). And once you are justified, you are free from the bonds of Hell.
Today ask yourself these three questions:
1) What does “justification” mean with your relationship with God?
2) Why is faith important in salvation?
3) How will my life be different now that I’m “Justified?”