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What Is Justification?


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Definition: Justification means to set something right, or to declare righteous.

In Christianity, Jesus Christ, the sinless, perfect sacrifice, died in our place, taking the punishment we deserve for our sins. In turn, sinners who believe in Christ as their Savior are justified by God the Father. This legal act means Christ's righteousness is imputed, or credited to believers.

God's plan of salvation includes forgiveness, which means taking a believer's sins away. Justification means adding Christ's perfect righteousness to believers.

The Apostle Paul states repeatedly that man is not justified by keeping the law (works), but rather by faith in Jesus Christ.

Biblical References to Justification:

Acts 13:39
Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses. (NIV)

Romans 5:9
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! (NIV)

Galatians 3:24
So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. (NIV)

Pronunciation: just i fi KAY shun


I can claim justification with God only through faith in Jesus, not in good works that I do.

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