Justified: a better definition

I have often heard and even used this definition of “justified:” just as if I’d never sinned. That is a pretty good definition and easy to remember. However, I recently heard an even better definition and it is just as easy to remember: just as if I’d always obeyed. When we are justified, we are clothed in Christ’s righteousness. Not only did Jesus never sin, but he always obeyed. He did always those things that please the Father. He came to do the will of the Father. He obeyed the law for me. Now that I am saved, when God looks at me, he sees His son. When He looks at me, He looks at me just as if I’d always obeyed.

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2 Responses to “Justified: a better definition”

  1. Just a note for thought- In Romans 5 we see we are born in sin, have inherited a sin nature, are in complete depravity. Since we came from the first Adam’s loins we are his offspring and have inherited his nature, thus we are condemned already unto death and hell. We must have a Savior, the second Adam our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we by the Living Word, covered with HIS righteous blood, indwelt by HIS HOLY SPIRIT, so we must cry out to HIM in brokeness, acknowledging our sinners heart- So to be always in obedience would not justify us, neither would we be sinfree. WE are washed internally, we are circumcized with a new heart by the Holy Spirit.

  2. In Biblical doctrine the Father God sees Christ when he looks upon us, not our wretched, unworthy, worm like state.

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