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Justified freely by his grace through Jesus

If you remember from last week, I mentioned how when we receive Christ as our Savior, we freely receive a brand-new spirit, the very spirit of Christ. I want to begin sharing some of the amazing qualities that are now in our born-again spirits as a free gift.
The first quality I want to mention is that we are now freely justified. Romans 3:23-24 states, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."
Most people reading this probably have heard the first part of that verse about everyone being sinners, but it is seldom that we hear the verse following it mentioned. This is a wonderful depiction that details the spirit of a person before Christ (verse 23) and then after Christ (verse 24).
All people before Christ are sinners because they have an unclean spirit, but after we receive Jesus through the new birth, we are justified freely by his grace because we now have his very spirit living in us. Justify is the Greek word dikaioō, and it means “to render as just or innocent." Another way of putting this is “just as if I’d never sinned.”
Now I know this appears scandalous, and for those of you starting to get upset, just relax and let’s look even more at what the Bible says.
Galatians 3:8 says, "And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, 'In you all the nations shall be blessed.'”
Acts 13:39 says, “And by him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses."
Romans 5:1 says, "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Romans 5:9 says, "Much more then, having now been justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him."
First Corinthians 6:11 says, "But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the spirit of our God."
Romans 3:26 says, "To demonstrate at the present time his righteousness, that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus."
Romans 8:33 says, "Who shall make a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies."
Romans 4:25 says, “Who (referring to Jesus) was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.”
Jesus came to earth and suffered, died and rose again so we could be justified through him. It is only by God’s grace (unmerited favor), which came in the flesh as Jesus, that we are now justified by his Spirit, who lives in those who have trusted Jesus as their Savior. Grace isn’t a fluffy theology. It is Jesus himself.
The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17).
What justifies us? Faith in Jesus. It has been freely provided so we don’t have to work to try to qualify ourselves or render ourselves just, which we could never do. We must put our faith in Jesus rather than ourselves. If something is free, it is unearned and undeserved. It is simply a gift.
“Therefore, as through one man’s (Adam) offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one man’s (Jesus) righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.” — Romans 5:18.
That is exactly what God’s grace is, and all we do is receive it by faith. It’s just like when we buy our kids presents at Christmas. They are free gifts, but they still have to open the gifts and receive them. Our faith opens the gift of Jesus and freely receives his justification.
If you have received Jesus as your Savior, you are now justified and declared innocent. If this is hard for you to swallow, you need to remember that God is a spirit (John 4:24), and he looks you in the spirit.
God sees his very own son living in you, justifying you, because as Jesus is, so are you in this world (1 John 4:17). It isn’t about what you do, how you act, what you wear, or anything else that you may think you can do in yourself to make you innocent and justified in the sight of God. It is only about what Jesus has done and you putting faith in him.
Does that mean we just go out and sin because we are justified? Of course not, and I can guarantee if you let this truth sink in, I mean really sink in, you will be so thankful and fall so in love with Jesus that you will now serve him because you get to, not because you have to. It is such a better way.
Amber can be reached at amberdeemiller32@gmail.com">amberdeemiller32@gmail.com or through her AmberRiceMiller Facebook page.

Published: August 7, 2017
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