BCL Grow: Justification — Galatians 2:16

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Galatians 2:16 (Justification)

Bible Passage

Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. Galatians 2:16


"When God looks at a sinner and sees him there unatoned for (he won’t accept the atonement; he thinks it doesn’t apply to him), the moral situation is such that justice says he must die. And when God looks at the atoned-for sinner, who in faith knows he’s atoned for and has accepted it, justice says he must live! The unjust sinner can no more go to heaven than the justified sinner can go to hell. Oh friends, why are we so still? Why are we so quiet? We ought to rejoice and thank God with all our might!.” — A.W. Tozer, The Radical Cross: Living the Passion of Christ, p. 9.

Steps to Take

1. Remember: Because of the sin of Adam and their own sin, all mankind is condemned to die. God is holy and just and cannot simply ignore sin. This is man’s “moral situation”—standing guilty before the just sentence of a good, holy, and righteous God.

2. Give Thanks: God who is holy and just and righteous has provided a way for sinners to be declared righteous on the grounds of another’s holy life. If a sinner is covered in Christ’s righteousness, he no longer fears judgment but is now declared righteous in Christ.

3. Consider: Do you think you must earn God’s approval by righteous living? If you have believed in Jesus Christ for your salvation, you also have Christ’s righteousness. Therefore, serve and obey God out of thanksgiving and not as a person trying to earn salvation. Salvation is already yours in Christ.

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