Justification In It’s Four-Fold State – Part 5
In our final study on the topic of justification we will look at:
Total justification: God’s testimony that at the end of time God will redeem (justify) the elect’s physical bodies, and at that time the elect of God corporately as the church will experience Total justification.
Before we proceed, let’s review our other studies. Thus far we have looked at:
1: Justification from eternity: God’s testimony that in His mind which is eternal – He has always seen His elect (His people, sheep, the one true church) as justified.
2: Justification objectively at the cross: God’s testimony that God’s elect were justified objectively (actually) in the object of their faith: Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
3: Justification subjectively at the time of regeneration: God’s testimony that when God calls His elect through the true gospel (salvation conditioned; grounded on Christ ALONE) accompanied by the Holy Spirit in the New Birth (being “born again”; regeneration), they will come to experience subjectively (in their own persons) the reality of God’s justification of them.
Justification: means saved, redeemed, ransomed, righteous; not in one’s self; but “In Christ”: Christ’s righteousness – His person and His work for the elect charged (imputed) to their person.
Now we will look at:
4: Total justification:
I Thessalonians 4:13
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep (those who have already died in Christ), that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
I Thessalonians 4:14
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep (those who have already died in Christ) in Jesus will God bring with Him.
I Thessalonians 4:15
For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (hinder or hold back) them which are asleep (those who have already died in Christ).
I Thessalonians 4:16
For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the arch-angel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
I Thessalonians 4:17
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
I Thessalonians 4:18
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
God is telling us here that all the elect throughout history will be gathered together corporately as the one true church at the end of time. It will be at the end of time for reference is made to the end of time in the text: the Lord’s second coming, the trump of God, the voice of the arch-angel (chief messenger). It’s the end of time and judgement day. Read Matthew 25:31-46 where it speaks of judgement day. I gave a sermon recently on this passage which covers all 4 points of justification that we are studying.
You can find it HERE:
Let’s look at more of God’s testimony:
“For our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall change our vile body (the one we have now decaying from sin), that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.”
This is when all the elect will experience Total justification.
Those who have died in the Lord have experienced justification to a greater state of blessedness than the regenerated elect do in this life (please read II Corinthians 5:1-9).
The regenerated elect who are alive now cannot enter into this blessing that the dead in Christ have because of their own sinfulness and Satan and his people. But God’s regenerated people living today have this assurance:
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
(I John 3:2)
For now, God’s regenerated people:
“for now we see through a glass darkly.”
(I Corinthians 13:12)
The regenerated today look at the glass (mirror – God’s Word) darkly because of sin.
“But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part (darkly) will be done away.”
(I Corinthians 13:10)
That which is perfect the elect will experience in Total justification, which will not only include justification of our souls: but also:
“the redemption (justification) of our body.”
All of God’s elect will be looking for this:
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away”
By Craig Miklosik