We often use the word justification in our conversations and groups, yet many are confused by the doctrine of justification. What does it mean, exactly? Not all denominations have the same beliefs on justification and it’s fascinating to examine the differences. The best resource is your local church pastor, who will usually explain this in a teaching sermon. Another good resource is a commentary or your study Bible.

“Justification is God’s action pronouncing sinners righteous in His sight. It is a matter of our being forgiven and declared to have fulfilled all that God’s law requires of us.” (Introducing Christian Doctrine: Second Edition, Millard J. Erickson, Baker Academic 2001)

“Justification is a forensic or declarative action of God, like that of a judge in acquitting the accused.” (Introducing Christian Doctrine: Second Edition, Millard J. Erickson, Baker Academic 2001)

“When one is justified, all of the eternal consequences of sin are canceled. This includes eternal death.” (Introducing Christian Doctrine: Second Edition, Millard J. Erickson, Baker Academic 2001)

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How to Study Scripture

When you meditate on a Bible verse, we sometimes use a method called personalization. Take the names or pronouns in the verse and replace them with your own name. Here’s an example:

Since (your name) has now been justified by his blood, how much more shall (your name) be saved from God’s wrath through him! Romans 5:9 NIV

You can also pray through the verses and stand on God’s promises. Here’s an example:

Lord, because I am justified by the blood of Christ, your Word says I will be saved from your wrath. Keep me from feeling oppressed and shamed by my enemies. Erase my past so it doesn’t destroy me. Amen. 

Bible Verses For Justified and Justification

Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Psalm 51:4 NIV

“I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 18:14 NLT

“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 18:14 NIV

“The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:35-37 ESV

For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. Romans 2:13 ESV

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:22-23 NIV

For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Romans 3:28 NIV

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Romans 5:1 NIV

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! Romans 5:9 NIV

And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:30 NIV

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:10 NIV

But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:10-11 NIV

We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. Galatians 2:15-16 NIV

So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3:24 NIV

So show them your love, and prove to all the churches that our boasting about you is justified. 2 Corinthians 8:24 NLT

You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. Galatians 5:4 NIV

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7 NIV

But if you have anything to say, go ahead. Speak, for I am anxious to see you justified. Job 33:32 NLT

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. Romans 5:18 NIV

 

 

 

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