2 – Justification
To justify is to declare righteous, to make one right with God.
“…the wages of sin is death” – Romans 6:23
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21
“However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.” – Romans 4:5
1. We are forgiven all our sins – past, present and future
“Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.” – Romans 4:7-8
2. We are given Christ’s righteousness
3. We are loved by God and treated with grace
“While we were yet weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Why one will hardly die for a righteous man—though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:6-8
4. We are secured by God forever
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” – John 10:27-30
- In your own words, explain justification.
- Why is justification important to understand, but more important to celebrate?
- How does being justified change how you view sin?
- Explain the great exchange Todd was talking about. Why is it not just having your bank account “zeroed”?
- How can you celebrate and live out of your justification this week? How will it change how you live?