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- Dr Desmond Ford
Jun 23, 2016 1049
Just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. – Romans 5:18 NIV
Justified is the opposite of condemned. Condemned does not mean to make bad. It means to declare bad. Justify does not mean to make righteous. It means to declare righteous.
We were ruined in Adam without asking for it. We have been redeemed in the Last Adam, Christ, without asking for it.
Justification is not forgiveness. In a practical sense, it includes forgiveness, of course. But the word means much more. It means to be treated as innocent.
The gospel says that God does not see in you and me the likeness of a sinner. God only sees the likeness of his Son. The standing of the Christian is always perfect even though the state of the Christian is never perfect.
Justification is over us all of our lifetime. Don’t think it just happens when you become a Christian. Justification is over you all of your life. Justification always determines your standing before God.
In God’s sight, you lived in Jesus, you died in Jesus, you were buried in Jesus, you rose with Jesus. In God’s sight you are already seated in heavenly places with Jesus (see Eph 2:6). That’s why we read,
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the righthand of God. Colossians 3:1.
God counts that we are risen with Christ, so believe that today, knowing that you’re a righteous child of God.