The Ground of Our Justification
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
(2 Corinthians 5:21)
If I were asked, “What is the ground of our justification (being declared righteous and accepted) before and with God?” I would answer without hesitation, “The righteousness God has provided in and by His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, through His obedience unto death, which God has imputed (charged, accounted) to us.”
There is no other ground of justification before God.
Faith is not that ground; repentance is not that ground; obedience is not that ground.
The ground of forgiveness and acceptance before God is entirely and exclusively the work of Christ on the cross as God the Father “made Him [to be] sin for us” (charging, accounting our sins to Christ), “that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (accounting, charging Christ’s righteousness to us).
When this great truth is ignored, denied, challenged, or confused, the whole Gospel of God’s sovereign grace and the whole standing of the church is also ignored, denied, challenged, and confused.