Justification: As a result of Jesus Christ's perfect work on the Cross and the perfect work of the Father in judging our sins in Christ's body, we stand before God freed, not bearing the penalty for our sins.
The justice of God is the functioning half of the integrity of God.
Perfect righteousness is the principle half of the integrity of God.
You must have the Principle from which there is Function.
So Righteousness and Justice go hand in hand.
What the righteous of God demands (principle), the Justice of God satisfies (function).
Justification is related to the principle of God's grace.
Rom 3:21-26; Tit 3:4-7.
The justice of God guards the perfect righteousness of God by judging sin,
so that there is no compromise in God's essence in His dealings with mankind.
The integrity of God is never free to bless man if there is compromise of God's essence (perfection).
The cross was the place Christ was delivered over for judgment.
Justice judged sin.
As a result, the judgment of sin frees the justice of God for the blessing of justification.
The total word for our relationship with God is justification,
because justification reveals and describes the source of salvation.
1) God the Father did the judging.
2) God the Son received the judgment.
3) God the Holy Spirit reveals the judgment.
Included in salvation are redemption, reconciliation and propitiation,
which are partial words summarizing the full words justification and blood of Christ.
By judging sin, the justice of God is free to bless man with salvation.
Salvation in the Bible means justification, because it reveals the source, the mechanics and grace.
God did all the work for the imputation of perfect righteousness to us.
Christ was Rom 4:25"raised up from the dead because of our justification. "
There was no resurrection until God had done everything necessary to provide justification.
Christ first died spiritually for us. Rom 5:1-11
Paul's basic thesis is that the justice of God had to judge our sins on the cross
before the justice of God was free to bless us with salvation,
signified in victory through resurrection.
The mechanics of Justification involves:
1) On the part of man a non‑meritorious function, believing.
2) On the part of God,
a) The total work of Christ on the cross bearing sin, and
b) God the Father judging those sins.
Gen 15:6; Rom 3:22
Gen15:6 Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.
When we believe, God must perform the added work of the imputation of perfect righteousness,
so that by recognizing His perfect righteousness in us, He justifies us.
Justification of man is not related to human works.
Rom 3:20, 28; Gal 2:16-21
The person who works for salvation receives nothing from God
because the justice of God is not free from grace to give him anything.
Instead their works are credited to them as debt.
"Blood" is the word that emphasizes the total work of Christ.
"Blood" refers to redemption, propitiation, and reconciliation as parts of salvation.
Imputed perfect righteousness comes through grace, not human merit.
God the Father always loved His Son in hypostatic union.
Yet even though His love for the Son was total and maximum,
there was something more important than love: the justice of God.
Why? Because justice is the operational part of divine integrity.
Therefore, Divine love was His motivation but not His function.
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