SPF 222: How Does Justification Impact our Daily Living?

What is Justification? And how does knowing this doctrine impact our every day living? Today I’m sharing how justification actually helps us prove faithful in the day to day things?

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What is Justification?

Justification is about justice.

You work and you earn.

And unfortunately for humans, we are really good at the work of sin which earns us the wages of death according to Romans 3:23.

It is justice for us to receive death for the work of our sin.

Everyone is born under Adam as our federal head. What does that mean? It means we are born as sinners. Adam is our representative and we will never be able to fulfill the moral works necessary to be made righteous. The only way for us to be justified is through the works of someone who can fulfill the whole law on our behalf – and not just that, but takes the punishment for our sins upon himself – and that is the person of Jesus Christ.

Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—

We frequently and rightly remember that it is An act of God’s free grace.

But it also was a just curse of God that led to our justification.

What we need to think of when we think of the cross is two fold – yes – it is an act of God’s free grace, but it is also an act of God’s justice.

At the cross we see both the wrath of God and the grace of God in one place.

How does knowing about justification impact our daily living?

Number 1: Gives us assurance of salvation

Justification is the assurance that what Jesus accomplished on the cross is enough. Not you. You are not enough. And that’s a good thing. That means our confidence is not in ourselves or our behavior or our thoughts.

Number 2: Allows us to live out of our new identity

Justification means we are in Christ. Our identity has changes like Galatians 2:20 says: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Number 3: Allows us to serve and love others

Justification is a unifying factor.

The redeemed are literally family. We are united in Christ. We serve him together. Same God, same salvation, same commands.

Second, we use our justification, our liberty and deliverance from sin to SERVE ONE ANOTHER


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