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JUSTIFICATION

Updated on May 13, 2008

To Be Justified

God is Just, and to be reconciled to Him we must be Justified.

Justification is the cure for the sin problem, of which separates God from sinners. Abraham was the man God chose to introduce the concept of Justification to the world. When God called Abraham He made him a promise, to make his posterity into a great nation. Read: Genesis 12:1-3

The only acceptable response to the call of God was faith. Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness. Read: Romans 4:3

Abraham's response to this promise is the central idea of Justification in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament. To be justified is not a small matter. It requires more than lip service, more than good intentions, more than heading up an auxiliary at your local Church. If Abraham was the man God chose to introduce Justification to the world, then he also would be the man who would set the standard for doing so: "Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be". Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead - since he was about a hundred years old - and that Sarah's womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why it was credited to him as righteousness. The words, "It was credited to him" were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead." Romans 4:18-24

  • Justification always requires obedience on the part of God's people, but justification also always requires judgement and restoration on the part of God. Anything less would greatly diminish the meaning of the term "Justification".
  • Justification does not encompass the whole salvation process; it does, however, mark the instantaneous point of entry or transformation which makes one 'right with God'.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      YES AND WE MAY NOT JUSTIFY as we feel it should be..We all have to be honest and truthful to the Lord above..as He is the Master....Nice hub G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Rob Jundt 9 years ago from Midwest USA

      Well done. We can all now benefit from the heart of Abraham which pulsed with true faith. "Walk before me and be blameless." -- Thank you for your powerful words.

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      Wehzo 9 years ago

      Thank you G-Ma and Rob, for your continued contributions to these hubs. I appreciate them very much. God Bless.

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      Kathryn Skaggs 9 years ago from Southern California

      Wehzo -

      You have presented the law of justification beautifully in the hub.

      It is clear, that the faithful are required to exercise faith in "how" they show their love for Jesus Christ, although imperfect.

      In this act of faith, God blesses the faithful for their choice to be obedient to His laws.

      I love the truths of the Old and New Testaments, that when brought together - they teach a fullness of the truth.

      "If ye love Me, keep my commandments".

      Thank you for the clarity in your teachings here.

      tDMg

      LdsNana-AskMormon

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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you LdsNana-AskMormon,

      I appreciate your contributions to my articles. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family.

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      einron 9 years ago

      Thank you for your hub.

      I like the photo of a man bowing his head in shame or contrition and apparently begging the Lord for forgiveness. In baptism, we must also bow our heads in shame and ask the Lord for forgiveness.

      However, in many churches, baptism is done with faces looking up. it does not portray contrition. Think about that.

      I invite you to be my fan and read "Lifting Up Hands in Worship and Prayer.

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      Wehzo 9 years ago

      Thank you einron for your gracious comments, and yes, I am a fan of yours.

      God bless you

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