“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God..” Romans 5:1,2 (NKJV)
In Christ, we are accepted as justified. Many times in our lives we try to justify our own actions mostly as an excuse for our behavior. In Romans, Paul tells us that in Christ we are justified which means acquitted, declared righteous and given the right standing with God through faith. Not through being a “good” person, through actions or anything else but faith alone so no one can boast. Indeed faith in Christ and faith in our Heavenly Father. In Rom 3:23,24 Paul puts it this way, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” (NKJV).
There we have it, our road to salvation is found in Christ alone. It’s not just handed to us to use and abuse as excuse to sin but to do our part admitting that we are sinners. Receiving His grace and justification as a corridor to improvement and true redemption through faith in our Lord and Savior.
Closing thought: The choice becomes ours, are we looking for an excuse, a way out or seeking true justification not for our actions but for ourselves and our souls. All it takes is having faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We may not understand all that He does but we need to have faith that He knows what He’s doing. That He certainly is who He says He is, the Son of the living God, our heavenly Father. We may not understand the beginning of it all but we need to have the faith to know where He’s going and where we want to go as well.
When we become justified through Christ then our actions should reflect that as ones given the right standing with God through the faith and the redemption found in Christ. The slate of our heart is clean and it’s up to us to keep it that way with the help of the Holy Spirit as our walk reflects our new established standing with God. A standing available to all, a standing made possible for those in Christ.
Copyright 2007 by Karen J. Gillett @ Pencil Marks and Recipes Publishing