I am Justified
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2.
Paul says we are ‘justified by faith’. Justified means we have had our judgment by God and because of Jesus, we are declared ‘not guilty’. It is as though we have never sinned. Justification does not make us righteous, but rather pronounces us righteous. Because we have been declared righteous, we are now in a loving relationship with God with all the benefits that place us as joint-heirs with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17). This doesn’t happen because of good works but only by faith in what Jesus Christ has done.
God required a perfect sacrifice for our sins. Because God is a just God, He must punish sin. All have sinned and deserve the penalty for sin, death of our bodies and eternal torment forever (Romans 3:23, Revelation 21:8). But, God so loved the world that He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, as the sacrifice for our sin (John 3:16). Anyone who believes Jesus died for their sin will not perish but have eternal life (Romans 3:23). The person who believes in Jesus is justified and is at peace with God.
When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in our body as our helper, giving us the ability to experience His peace (Hebrews 13:6). Peace is a state of tranquility of spirit that rises above circumstances. Many people don’t have peace. Instead of turning to the Lord for peace, they turn to outside stimuli to help them find peace.
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is in us and is waiting to be recognized, affirmed and acted upon (Galatians 5:22). By faith, accept and activate the gift of peace by saying so. When the Holy Spirit is recognized and released, He gives us His peace. We can have peace in the midst of challenges when we remember that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). It is because of justification that the peace of God can rule in our lives.
We are justified, declared righteous, at the moment of our salvation. Salvation, by grace, is a supernatural work of God. Grace is God’s unconditional love offered to us. Only through Jesus Christ are we offered this free and wonderful gift, never earned or deserved. The moment we are saved in Christ, we are immediately sanctified and begin the process of being conformed to the image of Christ.
Sanctification relates to an act of God whereby He ‘sets us apart’ for a specific, divine purpose. God’s design for us is to be what we are meant to be and to do what we are meant to do (I Corinthians 1:2). We contribute to sanctification through our efforts. It is not instantaneous nor does it not stop with salvation, but it is a progressive process that continues throughout a Christian’s life.
Christ is the hope of glory. Glory is the manifestation of God’s mercy, giving great grace, revealing His unconditional love and producing amazing results in us. The glory of God on earth is Jesus Christ. We are the vessels which ‘contain’ His glory, the source of all divine splendor and wholeness. Seek to discover Jesus to release your true self, the hope of God’s calling for you. We can trust Him for our very best. What God has promised, He is able to perform (Romans 4:21).