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What Is Justification

Romans 3:20 says that by the deeds of law we are cannot be justified. Romans 3:28 states that we are justified by faith.
Romans 5:9 says we are justified by the blood of Christ.
James 2:21 says Abraham was justified by works.
Please explain justification.

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True she was saved by faith alone. As was David and ever Jewish person who loved GOD. There is not salvation except by faith alone.

All humans are under the law because the law tells us we are all sinners. Read Romans 3. The law tells us we are helpless hopeless sinners. Grace by the blood of the lamb slain from the foundation of the word saves us.
---Samuelbb7 on 2/11/16

Luke 18:14 I tellG3004 you,G5213 this manG3778 went downG2597 toG1519 hisG848 houseG3624 justifiedG1344 . . .

From G1342, to render (that is, show or regard as) just or innocent: - free, justify (-ier), be righteous.

The ONLY thing a man can do to reverse his unrighteousness to righteousness is to have faith in, AND trust in the work of God on our behalf. Abraham trusted in the Lord (and slew the ram provided by the Lord, as his blood offering that cleansed his sin). We must trust in Jesus (as our Lamb, slain as our Blood offering to the Father to cleanse our sin).
---aservant on 2/11/16

"For by your words you shall be justified and by your words you shall be condemned." Matt 12:37.

We can see the justification process taking place in Rev. 14 where the first fruits are declared faultless before God. "And in their mouth was found no guile, for they are without fault before the throne of God." They have been sanctified by the Truth (John 17:17) and justified and sealed by God. Rev. 7:1-8.
---barb on 2/11/16

Samuel, justification makes way for the new birth, it is not the new birth. Rahab BELIEVED the report and through her belief and evidence of that belief, saving Joshua and Caleb, and putting a scarlet thread upon her home, saved her and her family. The scarlet thread is a type and shadow of the blood upon the door posts re: Passover. Just as Abel "believed" and offered a blood sacrifice, became an heir of righteousness. It doesn't matter that she was after the Law, she was never under the Law in the first place. Her FAITH saved her and her family. Just as today FAITH alone will save you. The way of SALVATION, has never changed from Genesis to today. The Law was brought in so that SIN WOULD ABOUND.
---kathr4453 on 2/9/16

kathyr Abraham was as you point out before the giving of the law by Moses. But Rahab was afterward.

Those in the days of Moses were justified by faith. No one is saved by works of the law.

But a saved person live out of love for Jesus and shows love to others by works that do not go against the law. But love goes above and beyond not stealing. It gives to the poor and helps others.

Justification is both the legal righteousness give to us as our new birth. It can also refer to the works we do. You have to look at it in context.
---Samuelbb7 on 2/9/16

Justification is the IMPUTED Righteousness of Christ. It's our "legal" standing before God. It's GOD who justifies the ungodly to those who have put their faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When James uses the words WORKS, he is talking about the WORKS OF FAITH. Not GOOD DEEDS. Paul uses the words OBEDIENCE OF FAITH...Romans 16:25-27. Abraham was IMPUTED righteousness re: FAITH. As James points out FAITH, has evidence of that faith, and uses Abraham as our example. Paul also states in Galatians, .... Those who,have the FAITH OF ABRAHAM. Paul and James are in 100% agreement. Abraham was before the Law. If James wanted to establish the works of the LAW, he never would have used Abraham or Rahab as examples.
---kathr4453 on 2/6/16

John, thank you for your response about Calvinism. Also, if path is not a suitable word, then one must use a word that makes sense. That is fine.
---santimoy.kumar on 10/18/15

Justification has one definition, but numerous applications.

Justified simply means - WARRANTED

In Romans 3 our righteousness is warranted, on account of faith

In the second half of Rom 5, our resurrection is warranted, on account of Christ's death and resurrection.

In James 2, our rewards are warranted, on account of our faithful works
---James_L on 10/18/15

Hi Santimoy,

The bible does not describe justification as a path, but a process my friend.

Also, to answer your question about Calvinism it is a system of doctrines with in Christianity not a path but a school of understanding.
---john9346 on 10/18/15

Yes, John, however you view the path is fine.
---santimoy.kumar on 10/16/15


Tocorrect you not my belief and not my path, but Yahweh (the Lord)
---john9346 on 10/16/15

Yes, John. I am happy that your beliefs make sense to you. Stay on your path and be happy.
---santimoy.kumar on 10/15/15

Well Santimoy,
This is not my doctrine, but what the bible teaches...

Just open and read Ephesians 2:1-9, and Romans 3:10-28 these are just some.
---john9346 on 10/15/15

Yes, Nicole, I think I understand your view as well.
---santimoy.kumar on 10/14/15

santimoy.kumar, but that is a Protestant view was salvation.

Everyone has Original sin because of Adam and being made of Adam's rib.

So, Baptism is needed to mark our soul and removes the original sin and any other sin if old enough to commit a sin.

But, one continues to sin until death.
That is were the Holy Spirit operates in us by giving us graces to practice virtues as our sign of being Christian.

Not works to get into heaven.
But entry to heaven with faith backed up by good works.

One must always confess our sins.

As you know you are always welcome at your mother's dinner table.
But she fist insist you WASH your hands before eating.
Same as Heaven
---Nicole_Lacey on 10/14/15

Yes, John, I think I understand your doctrine somewhat better now. Thank you.
---santimoy.kumar on 10/14/15

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I believe you are referring to this, "It is not that the sinner is now sinless but that he is "declared" sinless."

In other words, once someone repents and trust Jesus as saviour.

God sees them righteous/sinless because of Jesus death on the cross.

Although that person may sin, no matter what because of Jesus God will always see them perfect...
---john9346 on 10/14/15

Yes, John, you say God declares someone righteous but he remains actually unrighteous. What is the good of that? Very confusing.
---santimoy.kumar on 10/13/15


Tell me what is so confusing about this teaching of Christianity??
---john9346 on 10/13/15

You have two different parts of salvation. Justification (one time) and Sanctification (lifetime). Paul in Romans uses justification a one time God saving instance by Jesus's sacrifice.

The main question is does James contradict Paul. His use of justification is present tense, daily life, application of salvation. Paul agree with James in Philippians Ch 2. "work out your own salvation." I like the chair analogy, Romans tells you how to get the chair. However, a chair's function is for you to sit on it and hold you up. Only when you sit on it do you test the chair's function. In the same way we place our faith by our actions (works) on God so that we learn, grow, sanctification. This is what James is talking about.
---Scott1 on 10/13/15

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When a person trusts in Christ (Ephesians 1:12), the person is "justified", meaning made right or might just. This gets the person started with Jesus, getting started with Jesus in His kingdom which is right. It is like a recruited football player joining the champion Super Bowl team. Now the new player is a champion, though he did not help win the Super Bowl. Jesus did it all. We join with Jesus so now we have Christ's death, burial, and resurrection as our new record.

But now we need correction so we are made right . . . just . . . in our character, the way God's love alone is so right > 1 John 4:17, Hebrews 12:4-11. And as we do works of this love, we exercise to become stronger in real love, as I believe James 2:21 means.
---Bill on 10/12/15

Justification is the Father declaring believer not guilty based on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, who was made to be sin, so that the believer could be made righteousness of God through Him. Believer are justified by faith, implemented and put into practice through words and actions that corresponds with the profession. Which is the work of faith, and is how Abraham was justified.
---Josef on 10/12/15

This is very confusing.
---santimoy.kumar on 10/12/15

justification is to declared legally righteous. It is a divine act where God declares the sinner to be innocent of his sins. It is not that the sinner is now sinless but that he is "declared" sinless. The sinner is not made righteous in that his soul is changed or that his soul is infused with God's grace. Instead, justification is a legal act of imputing the righteousness of Christ to the believer (Rom. 4:11, Phil. 3:9). This justification is based on the shed blood of Jesus, " . . . having now been justified by His blood . . . " (Rom. 5:9).
---john9346 on 10/12/15

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