~ What Is Biblical Justification? ~
This first post on justification is primarily contrasting justification with sanctification and glorification. In our next post in this series we will look at key aspects of justification.
Justification Defined ~ The simplest definition of justification is God viewing me “just as if I had never sinned.” A more complete definition would be “the gracious act of God in declaring a sinner who believes in Jesus Christ to be righteous.”
Justification Contrasted ~ Justification is past tense, sanctification is present tense, and glorification is future tense.
Justification saves me from the penalty of sin, sanctification is the process of saving me from the power of sin, and glorification will save me from the presence of sin.
Justification is my position in Christ, sanctification is my condition in becoming more like Christ, and glorification is my expectation to be like Christ.
Justification is an act while sanctification is a work.
Justification is the means while sanctification is the end.
Justification is for us while sanctification is in us.
Justification declares us righteous while sanctification makes us righteous.
Justification removes the guilt and penalty of sin.
Sanctification removes the growth and power of sin.
Summary ~ Justification is imputed righteousness (see Romans 5) while sanctification is imparted righteousness (see Romans 6).
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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