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justified

When someone becomes a Christian they are considered righteous in the sight of God based on the finished work of the Cross of Christ. We call this being justified in the sight of God. We attain this standing by the work that Jesus accomplished on the Cross once we place our faith in Him. Placing our faith in Christ is not just some mental ascent, but a giving of oneself over to God with an understanding that we are completely sinful (repentant heart) and need to be saved from our sins. When someone gives themself over to Christ they are agreeing that He is the Savior of the world and the only true way in which they can be saved. They are accepting Jesus for who He truly is by faith alone. At the moment of placing our faith in Christ we are taken from a life of darkness and put into a life that is now illumined by the Holy Spirit of God. The moment you placed your faith in Christ you were justified by God. This is a legal declaration that we do not always take seriously in the Church today. You now have a right standing before a Holy God who sees you as completely righteous before Him. In the book of Romans the Apostle Paul draws all of this out clearly in Chapters 3-5.

So why talk about justification and salvation by faith alone? Because there have been and will always be those who want to add to the Gospel of Jesus things that God has never intended. Because the Gospel must be proclaimed for what it is. It is a free gift of grace from the hand of the Creator of the heavens and earth. In our land today there are those who will say that you are not saved until you have been baptized, but that is not what the book of Romans teaches us. It clearly and simply teaches us that it is by grace through faith that we are saved with nothing else added to the equation. Placing our faith in Christ is a complete and total trust in the work of the Cross and who Jesus really is. He is the Son of God and came as God in the flesh. If you go to a Church and do not understand what they believe and teach about salvation then you need to ask. Make sure you are a part of a Church that teaches and proclaims salvation by grace through faith.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.     (Romans 5:1-2)

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