Justified comes from the Greek word “dikaioo” and means to render just or innocent.
A rather quaint way to remember the meaning is to say that it is “just as if I’d never sinned”.
To be justified means to be made righteous, or have right standing in the eyes of God.
This means that a justified man can have a wonderful relationship with God as the effect of his sin has been removed.
How can one become justified or righteous you may ask?
Well, the Word is very clear on this.
You are not justified through deeds of the law, through good works or through religious performance, contrary to what many churches teach.
A man is justified in only one way, through faith (Romans 3 v 28).
Faith in Jesus and His shed blood is what brings justification and righteousness to man.
Paul writes this in many places in the Word including Romans 3.
A man is justified freely by grace through the work of Jesus Christ and his faith in that; nothing else will do.
This verse sent shock waves through the church when Luther understood the significance of this verse; the truth that man did not need to perform works or religious duties to be accepted by God.
I hope and pray that this verse will send the same shock waves through the church today when it is fully understood!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been justified and made righteous through my faith in Jesus and His finished work”.
Romans 3 v 2…Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law