Question #65: Define justification.
Answer: Justification “is the judicial act of God, by which he pardons all the sins of those who believe in Christ, and accounts, accepts, and treats them as righteous in the eye of the law, that is, as conformed to all its demands. In addition to the pardon of sin, justification declares that all the claims of the law are satisfied in respect of the justified.”1
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law” (Rom 3:28).
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” (Rom 5:1).
The King James Study Bible notes that “Anyone who comes to God and trusts Christ for salvation will be justified” (p. 1735). See other primary reference in Eph 3:2-8.
1 M.G. Easton, Easton’s Bible Dictionary (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1996).
One-Minute Theology with Chaplain T features the question and answer portions of the Systematic Theology courses that were part of my seminary work at Piedmont Baptist Graduate School. I will be posting one Q & A everyday until my ordination council meeting set for February 2014.