Justification In It’s Four-Fold State – Part 1
In this series I would like to start a study entitled: “Justification in it’s four-fold state”. We will study the doctrine (teaching) of justification in detail; as for the term: “it’s four-fold state”. I just mean that justification has four main elements, properties, parts to it, but they are all parts of the one justification found in the Word of God.
If you do a Word study on “justification”, I trust you will find out that justification in the Bible means: “righteous, holy, saved, redeemed”.
Justification in the God’s Holy inspired Word means that God’s elect (those sinners that God has chosen in Christ; Mark 13:20) are declared by God Almighty to be as righteous as Jesus Christ; not in their own persons, but by the wonderful doctrine of imputation.
Imputation means charged, reckoned.
If you use a bankcard to purchase something, the vendor “charges” (imputes) the transaction to your bank account. So it is with justification in the Bible – justification is God charging (imputing) Christ’s righteousness to His elect, whereby in this present life they are declared righteous, justified, holy, saved, redeemed!
They are not righteous in themselves (Titus 3:5), but “in Christ”: they are safe and secure.
What is Christ’s righteousness?
Righteousness is perfect satisfaction to God’s Law (His Word) and Justice (judgement based on His Law). Christ declared what God requires to be “righteous” (justified):
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
For a sinner to be declared “righteous” (justified): the standard of righteousness is God Himself: “even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (perfectly righteous).
Can a sinner meet this standard?
“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”
“There is none righteous, no, not one.”
But there is good news (gospel) for God’s elect: there is one person in history who is perfectly righteous, and He performed once the perfect sacrifice for His people and redeemed them, and in God’s time He sends His Holy Spirit to His elect, where they are “born again”, and come to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ ALONE for ALL their salvation!
This is “Christ’s righteousness”!
It’s a righteousness that He ALONE established (accomplished), and the Bible says of this righteousness:
“to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.”
Jesus Christ is the only righteousness that exists in the world today.
Jesus is called:
“THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS”
Jesus Christ will be the standard of righteousness on judgement day:
“Because he (God) hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”
For a sinner to be “justified”, they must have Christ’s righteousness imputed to them. There is no other justification in the Bible. If anyone tries to be righteous (justified) before God in any other way than Christ’s righteousness they will be damned.
The Word of God speaks of those who go about to establish their own righteousness – by their works, instead of submitting to God’s righteousness: Christ and Him crucified!
“For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
When God regenerates (converts; being born again) one of His elect, they look to Christ ALONE for ALL of salvation- they will see that Christ has met all that the Law requires of them:
“For Christ is the end (fulfillment; satisfaction) of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”
Justification is the fact that God’s elect are declared righteous because Christ’s righteousness is imputed (charged) to them; and when they are born again, they will be taught of God this truth, and will come to Christ:
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.”
(I Peter 1:23)
“And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.”
Are you in a state (existence) of justification?
By the end of our study on justification we will know as we look at the scriptures.
We will begin the next study God willing of the four-fold state of justification:
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 will show us that God’s elect were justified objectively (actually) in the object of their faith: Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
3) Justification subjectively at regeneration: God’s testimony will show 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 (regeneration), they will come to experience subjectively (in their own person) the reality of God’s justification of them.
4) Total justification: God’s testimony will show us that at the end of time God will justify (redeem) the elect’s bodies, and born again sinners will then experience total justification.
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
By Craig Miklosik