Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. –Romans 8:34 NKJV
If you’ve ever felt inadequate, condemned, shamed, less than, or not enough, justification is your knight in shining armor, here to rescue you and safely deliver you from shame and self-loathing. It is such an important word to understand that some have called it the Mt. Everest doctrine of the Christian faith.
Feelings of inferiority, deficiency and shame are all rooted in one universal truth: we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. This is our universal problem. Some of us live with more consciousness of it than others, but if you allow it, every mistake, every shortcoming, every sin, every flaw and imperfection, will remind you that you are deficient and have fallen short of God’s glory.
You live with the consequences of your shortcomings now. All those negative feelings are one of them. Future consequences are even worse. Eternal condemnation. Judgement. God’s wrath and fury. Like it or not, the Bible clearly teaches the wages of sin is physical and spiritual death. (See Romans 6:23)
This is obviously a big problem. So what do you do with it? The only answer to this universal need is what you call justification. Justification means to be made right. Specifically, it means to be declared righteous in the sight of God.
To be justified by God means that at a specific point in time, God altered His view of you and considered you to be righteous. Justification says that God considers you righteous because of the work of Jesus Christ.
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- Spend time in reflection on this devotion and what justification means for you personally.
- Pray for God to reveal to you His forgiveness and love in a way that you’ve never experienced it before.