Justified = Just If I Never Sinned
When we come to Jesus, He not only forgives our sin, He also justifies us. Paul explains justification in his letter to the Romans: "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ . . ." (Romans 5:1).
The question is often asked, what is the difference between salvation and justification? Salvation has to do with what takes place in the believer’s heart, but justification has to do with our standing before God. In salvation God gives us new life, but justification goes even further than that. When God justifies us, He declares us righteous in His sight. Brother Dwight Miles my pastor who led me to the Lord explained justification to me this way:”Just if I'd never sinned”. That stuck with me and I’ve used the same example a thousand times. God not only forgives us, but He sees us as if we had never sinned. He removes our sin, and in its position He places or clothes us with the perfect righteousness of Christ. Wow!
I’ve heard the example of your checking account that was overdrawn and you owed the bank thousands of dollars, but one day you go to the ATM machine and, just for kicks, enter your ATM code. Suddenly you realize you have a balance of five million dollars! God has accomplished much more than we can put in dollars and cents for those of us who believe in Him. He has given us righteousness. We have been justified.
God shed the blood of innocent animals to clothe Adam and Eve. The blood of Jesus was shed so He could clothe us with His righteousness. Thank you Jesus! God Bless!!