What is Justification?
Justification is God’s act of declaring the penitent sinner righteous. This declaration is based, not on the sinner’s own righteousness, but on the righteousness of Jesus Christ, whom the sinner has accepted as his or her Substitute. See Romans 4:22-25; 2 Corinthians 5:21.
Why do we need justification?
We need justification because all humanity is sinful and deserving of eternal death. See Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23.
What are the qualification for justification?
God does not wait for us to become righteous before we are justified. Paul said that God justifies the “ungodly.” See Luke 18:13; Romans 4:5.
How can we obtain justification?
Justification is God’s gift to those who recognise their need and reach out in faith to accept Jesus’ sacrifice for their sin. See Romans 6:23 (second part); 3:24, 25; Ephesians 2:8, 9.
Does God disregard our sin?
Jesus Christ bore the penalty for our sin when He died on the cross. The repentant, in turn, receive His righteousness. See 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24
Why would God give us this immeasurable gift?
God’s gift of salvation is based, not on our worthiness, but on His great love and mercy toward sinners. God’s plan for our salvation was in place even before we needed it. See John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4, 5; Matthew 25:34; 1 Peter 1:18-20.
What follows justification?
Those who accept this gift of God have their sins forgiven and receive the peace and joy that comes with being counted perfectly righteous in God’s sight. They also find themselves filled with the desire to be like Jesus. See Psalm 32:1, 2; Romans 5:1; Galatians 2:19, 20.