Justification is a real thing in the Bible. The authors truly believe a person can be made righteous, not just in standing, or in God’s mind, but actually made to be righteous people who do righteous things.
Modern definitions of justification usually talk about accounting terms and God moving you from the Unrighteous column to the Righteous column in His ledger book. God doesn’t see you; He only sees Christ. Christ’s works have been credited to your account. Christ kept the law for you.
All these sorts of definitions of justification, imputation, or being accounted righteous, are inventions based on hundreds of years of redefining terms to match underlying theological points.
If you tell people that you think Justification actually means that God makes us righteous not just in standing but in actual behavior, you will receive opposition.
You will be charged with teaching:
Replacing the Yoke of Bondage or Salvation By Law-Keeping
Loss of Salvation
I will address these criticisms in the coming days. I have been charged with all of them. I know the arguments and I have examined them.
Justification is real. The only way you would ever get the idea that justification is not real, is if you listen to people more than God’s Word.
God’s Word clearly teaches that justification results in a righteous life. If there is no righteous life; there is no grounds for claiming you’ve been justified.
This is scary ground. I understand people’s reservations about it, and why there has been so much effort to downplay this doctrine.
But people are going to hell while believing a false gospel. This is no trivial matter.
Whether you agree with me or not, you should at least examine the issue very carefully as your eternity depends on whether you’ve been justified or not. It seems like you’d want to slow down and get this one right.
Please think on it very carefully.