Justified in Christ

What is your view of being justified? Are you thinking of someone whose actions were justified? By what reason were they justified? Was it by human reasoning? Do you know what it means to be justified before God?

How many times have we heard that someone’s actions were justified? If you are a mother or father and someone hurts your child, you probably think your actions of revenge are justified. You may feel justified for defending a friend.

We all have our trigger points that will incite us to do things we would not normally do to obtain revenge or justice and we will believe we are justified. We have our human way of looking at justification. We may even feel we are justified to take a piece of property from a company who has fired us.

But when we come before a Holy God, the Creator of the entire universe, the One who is truly righteous, how are we justified? We are only justified in our faith in Jesus Christ. All our blustering, excuse making, or even logical arguments will do no good. It is our faith in Jesus that will justify us.

When Jesus went to the cross willingly as a perfect sacrifice for our sins, He set the stage for our justification. Our part is to put our faith in Him and His sacrifice. We trust that His sacrifice justifies us in the eyes of Almighty God. We no longer trust that our works nor the work of law justifies us.

I pray we all put our faith in Jesus. I pray we know we are justified before God by our faith. I pray each one of us gives up trying to earn our way into God’s favor and trust in Jesus. Give up human justification. Trust you are justified by faith. Put your faith in Jesus. Your justification comes through Jesus.

Galatians 2:15-16 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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