“Gud evening sir, please i want to ask you dis question, please i need an answer with scripture proofs…. How can man be justified?” – Miracle, Nigeria
The same question was asked in Job 25:4
“How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?”
To be justified means to be declared “not guilty”, to be made righteous with God.
Romans 3:21-26 explains it very well:
“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”
We are justified, declared righteous, at the moment we became born again. Justification does not make us righteous, but rather pronounces us righteous. Our righteousness comes from placing our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. His sacrifice covers our sin, allowing God to see us as perfect and unblemished. Because as believers we are in Christ, God sees Christ’s own righteousness when He looks at us. This meets God’s demands for perfection; thus, He declares us righteous—He justifies us.
Romans 5:18-19 explains even better: “Consequently, 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. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”
It is because of justification that believers can have assurance of salvation. It is the fact of justification that enables God to begin the process of sanctification—the process by which God makes us in reality what we already are positionally.
We are justified by faith. Just like that! Paul wrote in Romans 5:1
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”
Paul also wrote in Ephesians 2:8
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”
So we are justified simply by faith in God’s grace! The bible says that the wages of sin is death… But God’s free gift is eternal life!
“…whosoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16.
To have faith in God’s grace means to trust God’s grace. As long as you believe that Jesus died for your sins and that it is the only sacrifice, you are justified!
Bible says Abraham was counted righteous because of his faith Genesis 15:6
“And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”
So we are justified by placing our faith on the finished work of Jesus