Today I watched yet another interesting message by Joseph Prince, a pastor from Singapore. In his message he described the doctrine of Justification marvelously. He said … “2000 years ago a lonely figure hung on a cross and the fires of God’s judgment fell upon him. He became a ‘judgment magnet’; but it wasn’t his sins that he was suffering for – it was for our sins.”
“Peter who was a man of action, says in his Epistle … ‘In Christ, who did no sin’.
John, a man with a heart of love, said … ‘In him is no sin’.
Pontious Pilate, a man of the world who didn’t care about God, said … ‘I find no fault in this man’.
Judas who betrayed him, said … ‘I’ve betrayed innocent blood’.
Pilate’s wife had a dream and she said to Pilate … ‘Have nothing to do with this righteous man’.
When he (Jesus) died on the cross, the centurion took off his helmet and said … ‘Certainly, this was the Son of God’.”
“He did no sin, he knew no sin and yet on the cross he became a ‘judgment magnet’ attracting all the judgment of God, the curse of God. Why? … He was standing in our place so that you and I can stand in his place of righteousness of grace and favour with God.”
“Jesus didn’t become sin by doing sin, neither do we become righteous by doing righteous acts (Galatians 2:16). Jesus became sin by receiving our sin. We become righteous by receiving Jesus’ righteousness.”
“When he (Jesus) was on the cross, God (Jehovah) treated him like the world’s worst sinner; in the same way … you and I today, God will treat us like the best thing in our city. And some times we are confused because all our actions are not all together there, but God is still blessing us, and it is all because Jesus.”
This is the Definition of Justification:
To be justified is to declared legally righteous. It is a divine act where God declares the sinner to be innocent of his sins. It is not that the sinner is now sinless, but that he is “declared” sinless. The sinner is not made righteous in that his soul is changed, or that his soul is infused with God’s grace. Instead, justification is a legal act of imputing the righteousness of Christ to the believer (Rom. 4:11; Phil. 3:9).
This justification is based on the shed blood of Jesus, “… having now been justified by His blood” (Rom. 5:9). When God sees the Christian, He sees him through the sacrifice of Jesus and “sees” him without sin. This declaration of innocence is not without cost, for it required the satisfaction of God’s Law, “without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness,” (Heb. 9:22).
By the sacrifice of Jesus and in the “one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.” (Rom. 5:18, NASB). In justification, the justice of God fell upon Himself – Jesus. We receive mercy; we are not judged according to our sins. And grace is shed upon us; we receive eternal life. This justification is a gift of grace (Rom. 3:24) and by faith (Rom. 3:28) because Jesus bore our guilt (Isaiah 53:12).
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