127. What does Scripture say about justification?
Justification corresponds to being born again. To justify means to declare someone righteous. God forgives the sins of sinners who believe in Christ. He then regards them as “righteous”. That is why the sinner can and should consider himself to be as though he had never committed a sin and had himself performed all the obedience that Christ has given him.
Justification, however, is not only a solemn declaration by God, but at the same time it equips us with the righteousness which Christ acquired for us through His death. Since we are justified, we can also live “justly”.
- Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin. (Romans 4:7-8)
- For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24)
- Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. (Romans 5:18)