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'.