Are you justified by faith? Do you know what that means? The Bible is an amazing Book. And why wouldn’t it be – since it is written by inspiration of Almighty God Himself. Just last night I was again reminded of how God’s Word is able to reveal new insights about living on earth. I can read the same scripture again and again yet consistently receive NEW understanding from His Living Word. Life-changing truths come almost with each read. The more I learn about the Bible – the better I know the One True Living God Who wrote it. And the more I learn about God… the more meaning His Word provides.
An example of this comes from Hebrews 10:16-17. “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”
The sins of God’s people are no longer remembered once they repent and accept the free gift of salvation. This is what being saved by grace is. It’s what being justified by faith is. Justified by faith means we believe in all that Jesus did on the cross and accept it for ourselves.
Before being saved we were guilty of sin. Guilty… true. But what Jesus did for those who place their trust in Him… is render a verdict of NOT GUILTY! It is because Jesus Himself paid the price for you and me in full and when we accept this gift by faith… we are justified.
By faith in His death and resurrection, we are justified. I like to break this word up like this… ”JUST AS IF I’D”. That’s the true meaning of living by faith. Because I have believed and accepted the death and resurrection of my Savior, I am justified by faith. Just-as-if-I… were not guilty. Praise the Lord.
In the Old Testament, under Levitical law, an animal had to be offered every year to atone for the sins of the people. That word “atone” means “to cover” and it’s used often throughout the Old Testament.
Isn’t it awesome that the word atone is not used in the New Testament? The Greek word used to describe what Jesus did for us on the cross is another word altogether. It doesn’t just mean “to cover”. No, it means “to remit”. That means to do “completely away with something,” to “pay in full”.
This means there is no longer an ongoing sin debt. Jesus did away with the need for animal sacrifice because His sacrifice was for you and for me forever.
If you have made Jesus your Savior, He didn’t just cover your sins. Jesus gave you right-standing with God. He re-created you by the Spirit of God as if sin had never existed.
Sadly, most believers haven’t grasped this magnificent truth. Too many Christians get all caught up in sin consciousness. They keep thinking of themselves as sin stained and too many preachers keep reminding them. Instead we need to think of ourselves not as sin-stained but as blood-washed.
“When I was a kid, there were hundreds of times that Christians I loved and respected said, “I’m just an old sinner saved by grace.” There is a portion of truth to this, but it’s not all truth and there is important and freeing insight to be gained from the scripture we read above. “…and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”
Because of the Lord Jesus’ sacrifice, you were an old sinner, but His grace changed you forever. As a reborn spirit, you become worthy to partake of the very righteousness of God. You are now His workmanship, created anew in Christ Jesus! As far as God is concerned, when you are justified by faith, your past life is forgotten. It died its own death on the Cross.
So what are you? Sin stained or blood bought? As a believer you are free, JUST-IF-I’D been pronounced “Not Guilty”. Let this insight sink into your consciousness until you can rise up and fully receive the freedom from sin that is yours in Christ Jesus. This does not mean to go out and sin again. Oh no. but if we do sin, run to God quickly and repent. Don’t run away from Him. Again, your forgiven sin will be just as if you’d never sinned and you’ll be able to remain inside the righteousness that the Lamb of God has provided.
Please know that we love you and we are praying for our partners. And remember, with God nothing is impossible!
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