Good Morning January 16

Justification.  The dictionary says that it means “to prove or show to be just, right,..” Do we really care what that means? And by what standard do we measure whether we are just or right? It seems that most people use a very subjective and variable standard based on how good or bad we think we are compared to other people. The problem is that God works by a different standard, that of His own holiness. God is holy. God is perfect. God dwells in absolute glory. But we aren’t and don’t. Scripture says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.(Romans 3:23) And God never lowers His standard. So our comparisons that we are not as bad as…., or we try to live a good moral life, really don’t work to count us as just or right with our God. If that were the end of the story, the final word, we would all be lost. We are all sinners and Paul said, “the wages of sin is death”.(Romans 6:23) But that isn’t the final word. Paul went on in Romans 3 to say, “all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.”(3:24-25) We are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. So does justification matter? It sure does, and it is all centered in the person of Jesus Christ.