UNDERSTANDING THE GRACE OF GOD #4
ALL ABOUT JUSTIFICATION
PART OF THE CHARACTER OF GOD
From ther book: "Swindoll's Ultimate Book of Illustrations and
SOMEONE ONCE TOLD ME, "Justification is the sovereign act of God
whereby He declares righteous the believing sinner while he is
still in his sinning state." It means that while we were still
prone to sin, God saw us in Christ and said, "You're righteous! I
declare you to be right in My eyes. You don't have to work to
find favor with Me." Grace says, God reached down in Christ,
captured us, declared us righteous and said, "You're right from
now on in My eyes."
Some people have misused this word and taught that it means "just
as if I'd never sinned," taking the little syllables
"just-if-ied." That's too shallow. That doesn't say enough. It
is, "Although I am terribly sinful, He declared me righteous,"
not just as if I'd never been sinful.
Let me illustrate it. A couple of friends of mine from the church
and I rented a rototiller to replant the backyard for the fourth
time. Out there in that dirt, we began to run that rototiller.
Dust and dirt and junk went everywhere, and all of it settled on
our bodies, so that from head to foot we were really dirty.
We finished up and I walked into the shower and turned on that
fresh water. I got all cleaned up and toweled off. I could have
walked in front of the mirror and said, "Ah, it's just as if I'd
never been dirty." But that wouldn't have adequately conveyed the
power and the value of the water and soap. I could otherwise look
in the mirror and say, "I was filthy and now I'm clean." That's
(SO IN SIMPLE TERMS IT IS ALL TO DO WITH BEING
FORGIVEN YOUR SINS. THE SCRIPTURES TELL US THAT
FORGIVENESS IS THROUGH THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST JESUS.
BUT THE SCRIPTURES ALSO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR THAT BEING
FORGIVEN DOES NOT MEAN YOU CAN LIVE ANY OLD WAY YOU
LIKE, DO YOUR OWN THING, WHEN AND HOW. THE ONE THROUGH
WHOM WE CAN HAVE FORGIVENESS OF SINS TAUGHT, "MAN SHALL
NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT COMES
FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD" [MAT.4:4] - Keith Hunt)
WHAT THE SCRIPTURES SAY:
Gen. 15:6. He believed the Lord; and he counted it to him for
righteousness. Rom. 4:3.
Psa. 32:2. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not
iniquity, Rom. 4:6.
Psa. 71:16. I will go in the strength of the Lord Goo: I will
make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
Psa. 89:16. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in
thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
Isa. 42:21. The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness' sake,
he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
Isa. 15:24. Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I
righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; 25. In
the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall
Isa. 46:12. Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from
righteousness: 13. I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be
far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place
salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
Isa. 50:8. He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with
me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come
near to me.
Isa. 51:5. My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth,
and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon
me, and on mine arm shall they trust. 6. Lift up your eyes to the
heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall
vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a
garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner:
but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall
not be abolished.
Isa. 53:11. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be
satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify
many: for he shall bear their iniquities.
Isa. 54:17. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper;
and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou
shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
Isa. 56:1. Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice,
for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be
Isa. 61:10. My soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath
clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me
with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself
with ornaments, and is a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Jer. 3:13. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall
dwell safely; and this is his name whereby he shall be called,
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Zech. 3:4. Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him
he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee,
and I will cloth thee with change of raiment.
(HERE WE HAVE SEEN MUCH TALK ABOUT RIGHTEOUSNESS. THE
BIBLE DEFINITION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IS FOUND IN PSA. 119:172
- Keith Hunt)
John 5:24. He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that
sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into
condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
(OBVIOUSLY "HEARETH MY WORD" HERE, BY THE REST OF THE
NEW TESTAMENT, MEANS "OBEYING" THE WORD - JUST HEARING
AND NOT CHANGING YOUR LIFE IN ACCORDANCE TO THE WORD OF
GOD, MEANS NOTHING - Keith Hunt)
Acts 13:39. By him all that believe are Justified from all
things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Rom. 1:16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it
is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;
to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17. For therein is the
righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is
written, The just shall live by faith. Hab. 2:4; Gal. 3:11.
Rom. 2:13. For not the hearers of the law are just before God,
but the doers of the law shall be justified.
(AH MARK THIS VERSE - IT'S BEEN IN YOUR BIBLE FOR
CENTURIES; TO QUALIFY TO BE JUSTIFIED MEANS YOU BECOME
NOT JUST A HEARER OF THE WORD OF GOD, BUT A DOER -
SEE MY STUDY "SAVED BY GRACE" - Keith Hunt)
Rom. 3:21. The righteousness of God without the law is
manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22. Even
the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto
all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
24. Being Justified freely by his grace through the redemption
that is in Christ Jesus: 25. Whom God hath set forth to be a
propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his
righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through
the forbearance of God; 26. To declare, I say, at this time his
righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him
which believeth in Jesus. 28. Therefore we conclude that a man is
justified by faith without the deeds of the law. 30. It is one
God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and
uncircumcision through faith.
(TRYING TO EARN YOUR FORGIVENESS YOU CANNOT. TELLING THE
JUDGE THAT YOUR SPEEDING TICKET FINE IS ABOLISHED BECAUSE
YOU'VE OBEYED THE SPEED LIMIT 100 TIMES SINCE GIVEN THE
FINE..... HE'S GOING TO LAUGH AT YOU. NO AMOUNT OF GOOD
WORKS CAN ERASE THE PENALTY OF A WRONG YOU'VE DONE.
HUMAN COURTS WORK THE SAME WAY AS GOD'S COURT - Keith
Rom. 4:5. But to him that worketh not, but helieveth on him that
justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
6. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto
whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7. Saying, Blessed
are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are
covered. 8. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute
sin. 9. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only,
or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was
reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 10. How was it then
reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not
in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11. And he received the
sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith
which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father
of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that
righteousness might be imputed unto them also. 12. And the father
of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only,
but, who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father
Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. 13. For the
promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to
Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the
righteousness of faith. 14. For if they which are of the law be
heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect.
16. Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is
no transgression. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by
grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not
to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of
the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 17. So it is
written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before him
whom he, believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth
those things which be not as though they were. 18. Who against
hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many
nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall thy seed
be. 19. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own
body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither
yet the deadness of Sarah's womb. 20. He staggered not at the
promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving
glory to God; 21. And being fully persuaded that, what he had
promised, he was able also to perform. 22. And therefore it was
imputed to him for righteousness. 23. Now it was not written for
his sake alone that it was imputed to him; 24. But for us also,
to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up
Jesus our Lord from the deal. 25. Who was delivered for our
offences, and was raised again for our justification.
Rom. 5:1. Being justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ. 9. Much more then, being now
justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
11. We also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we
have now received the atonement. 16. And not as it was by one
that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to
condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto
justification. 17. For if by one man's offence death reigned by
one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the
gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
18. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men
to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free
gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 21. That as
sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign trough
righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. vs.
Rom. 6:22. But now being made free front sin, and become servants
to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting
Rom. 7:4. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the
law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another,
even to to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring
forth fruit unto God. vs. 1-25.
Rom. 8:1. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which
are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after
the Spirit. 30. Whom he called, them he also justified and
whom he justified them he also glorified. 31. What shall we
then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against
us. 33. Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It
is God that justifieth. 34. Who is he that condemneth? It is
Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at
the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Rom. 9:30. The Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness,
have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which
is of faith. 31. Israel, which followed after the law of
righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
32. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it
were by the works of the law.
(YOU HAVE A SPEEDING TICKET FINE, YOU KNOW YOU ARE
GUILTY. IT WOULD BE LAUGHABLE TO THE JUDGE IF YOU SAID,
"I WILL PAY THE PENALTY BY KEEPING THE SPEEDING LAW FOR
THE NEXT 100 TIMES." DOING SO IS YOUR DUTY, DOING SO
DOES NOT ERASE THE PENALTY OF BREAKING THAT LAW AND
BEING CHARGED AS GUITLY. NOW IF THE JUDGE HAS A SON
WHO IS WILLING TO PAY THE PENALTY FOR YOU, THEN YOU
MUST HAVE FAITH THAT THE SON HAS SO DONE, AND YOU CAN
WALK AWAY GUILTLESS - THAT IS BEING JUSTIFIED [FORGIVEN]
BY FAITH, AND NOT OF WORKS - Keith Hunt)
Rom. 10:4. Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to
every one that believeth. 5. For Moses describeth the
righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those
things shall live by them. 6. But the righteousness which is
of faith speaketh on this wise. 8. The word is nigh thee, even
in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which
we preach; 9. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10. For with the heart
man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is
made unto salvation. 11. For the scripture saith, Whosoever
believeth on him shall not be ashamed. vs. 1-21.
(NOTICE THE CONFESSION OF FAITH FROM THE HEART BELIEVES
UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS. NOW THE BIBLE DEFINITION OF
RIGHTEOUSNESS IS FOUND IN PSA. 119:172 - LOOK IT UP AND
MARK IT IN YELLOW, NEVER FORGET IT - Keith Hunt)
1 Cor. 1:30. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is
made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and
1 Cor. 6:11. And such were some of you but ye are washed, but ye
are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord
Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
(SANCTIFIED MEANS TO "SET PART" - TO SET APART FOR HOLY
USE, AND THE BIBLE SHOWS FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION THAT
GOD'S CHILDREN ARE SET PART TO LIVE BY HIS EVERY WORD
[MAT. 4:4] - Keith Hunt)
2 Cor. 5:19. To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the
world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and
hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 21. He hath
made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made
the righteousness of God in him.
(YES AGAIN, THE JUDGE'S SON HAS PAID THE PENALTY THAT
WAS ON YOU FOR BREAKING THE LAW - Keith Hunt)
Gal. 2:16. A man is not justified by the works of the law, but by
the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ,
that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the
works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be
justified. vs. 14-21.
(AGAIN AS I'VE SAID ABOVE - THE JUDGE IS NOT INTERESTED
THAT YOU OBSERVED THE SPEEDING LAW 1,000 TIMES IN THE
PAST, OR A 1,000 TIMES IN THE FUTURE. YOU ARE GUILTY
OF BREAKING IT, BUT THE JUDGE IS GRACIOUS AND HAS A
SON WHO WILL PAY THE PENALTY FINE FOR YOU. YOU NEED
FAITH IN THAT SON TO SO DO, AND YOU ARE FORGIVEN
[JUSTIFIED] - Keith Hunt)
Gal. 3:8. The scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the
heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham,
saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9. So then they
which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. [ v. 6.] 21.
If there had been a law given which could have given life, verily
righteousness should have been by the law. 22. But the scripture
hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus
Christ might be given to them that believe. 24. The law was our
schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified
by faith. Gal. 4:21-31.
(AGAIN AS THE EXAMPLE I'VE GIVEN ABOVE - Keith Hunt)
Gal. 5:4. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of
you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5. For we
through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
6. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything,
nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
(AGAIN AS THE EXAMPLE ABOVE I'VE GIVEN OF THE SPEEDING
TICKET FINE YOU HAVE, AND THE JUDGE'S SON - Keith Hunt)
Eph. 6:14. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with
truth, and having on I the breastplate of righteousness.
(RIGHTEOUSNESS IS DEFINED IN PSA. 119:172 - Keith Hunt)
Phil. 3:8. That I may win Christ, 9. And be found in him, not
having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that
which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is
of God by faith.
(SEE GAL. 2:20 - CHRIST LIVES IN THE CHRISTIAN, HE LIVES
AS HE ONCE LIVED WHILE IN THE FLESH ON THIS EARTH -
HE LIVES HIS LIFE OVER AGAIN IN EACH CHRISTIAN. AH YES
AND THAT INCLUDES THE 4TH COMMANDMENT. WHICH DAY DID
JESUS OBSERVE AS THE WEEKLY SABBATH? WHY THE DAY THE
RELIGIOUS JEWS STILL OBSERVE .... SIMPLE, IF YOU HAVE A
CHILD LIKE MIND - Keith Hunt)
Col. 2:13. And you, being dead in your sins and the
uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with
him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14. Blotting out the
handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary
to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.
(ONE OF THE VERSES TWISTED AND PERVERTED BY SOME TO SAY
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS ARE DONE AWAY IN CHRIST. SEE THE
CORRECT UNDERSTANDING OF THESE VERSES IN MY EXPOUNDING OF
THIS BOOK UNDER "THE NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE STORY" ON THIS
WEBSITE - Keith Hunt)
Tit. 3:7. Being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs
according to the hope of eternal life.
Heb. 11:4. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent
sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was
righteous, God testifying of his gifts: 7. By faith Noah, being
warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,
prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he
condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which
is by faith.
Jas. 2:20. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without
works is dead? 21. Was not Abraham our father justified by
works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22.
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was
faith made perfect? 23. And the scripture was fulfilled which
saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for
righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 26. For as
the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is
(SOME SILLY PEOPLE THINK PAUL AND JAMES CONTRADICTED EACH
OTHER, THAT THEY TAUGHT TWO DIFFERENT GOSPELS. NOTHING
COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER. YOU NEED
TO STUDY MY STUDY CALLED "SAVED BY GRACE" WHERE I PUT
IT ALL TOGETHER FOR YOU AND MAKE THE SUBJECT OF
SALVATION, FAITH, GRACE, SIN, FORGIVENESS, JUSTIFICATION,
SIMPLE AND CLEAR TO UNDERSTAND - Keith Hunt)
To be continued