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.