On what is our justification based?
For additional clarification of justification, Paul employs the example of Abraham. “What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about – but not before God. What does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness’”. Romans 4:1 – 3, NIV.
The Jewish Christians, in Paul’s time, insisted that the adherence to the requirements set by the law of Moses, including the circumcision, must be a part of our justification is by the faithfulness of Jesus. Paul counteracts the above human theory by asking, “was Abraham declared righteous after he was circumcised or before”? The answer is that Abraham believed God and was declared righteous, some fourteen years before he was circumcised.
The justification by the faithfulness of Jesus refers to our present status, not to the future one. God accomplished our justification in the body of Jesus Christ, almost 2,000 years ago, on the cross at Golgotha. Today, the justification by the faithfulness of Jesus becomes our personal experience by trusting Jesus Christ. However, our own experience of the justification does not contribute anything at all to our righteousness in Christ Jesus. Our daily experience of the justification manifests or testifies to, what God has given us in Jesus Christ, on the cross at Golgotha. Our justification by the faithfulness of Jesus declares that our guilt for sin has been removed from us, through the body of Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha. Even our faith in Jesus is the gift from God. Abraham received the justification as a seal of the righteousness he received when he believed God. See Romans 4: 11. In the same way, our daily living must be a witness to our justification by the faithfulness of Jesus.
Now that we are justified, what do we have here and now? Read the next blog.