According to Easton’s Dictionary, Justification is a forensic term used to describe “the judicial act of God, by which he pardons all the sins of those who believe in Christ, and accounts, accepts, and treats them as righteous in the eye of the law.” According to Romans 4 Justification is
1: By faith NOT works
V5 “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
2. By grace NOT law
V14-16 “For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,”
3. By His death and resurrection NOT our obedience
V20-25 “He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”
LESSON - Through our faith in Christ’s finished work, we stand before God just as if we had never sinned, incomprehensible! I guess that’s why they call His Grace AMAZING!!