We Are Justified By Grace
We are justified freely by God’s grace. Rom 3:24. What does it mean to be justified? Well justified means we are made right in God’s eyes. God’s grace allows us to stand before Him as if we never had sinned at all. It was not because of anything we did, any work of righteousness making us justified, but only by His grace. My friend Pastor Jonnathan Zin Truong likes to use the Passion Translation and I found that it gives an extremely descriptive insight. Here is Rom 3:24 TPT :
24 Yet through his powerful declaration of acquittal, God freely gives away his righteousness. His gift[a] of love and favor now cascades over us, all because Jesus, the Anointed One, has liberated us from the guilt, punishment, and power of sin!
Now compare the scripture in Romans 5:1 where it says we are justified by faith also in TPT:
5 Our faith in Jesus transfers God’s righteousness to us and he now declares us flawless in his eyes.[a] This means we can now enjoy true and lasting peace[b] with God, all because of what our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, has done for us.
They kind of say the same thing except the first verse, we are justified by grace, just is saying it could never have happened if not for God’s willingness to redeem us. The second verse is telling us exactly what justifies us, which is faith in Jesus. Both verses explain that God can accept us as if we had never sinned into a relationship with Him.
Grace Brings salvation
The grace of God justifies us because of our redemption that is in Christ Jesus. We are not judged by sin and the law anymore! Praise God! But here is another amazing thing. God’s grace is also extended to us before we accept His forgiveness. It is the very thing that draws the lost to Him. His grace brings salvation. NOT THE LAW.
Titus 2:11,12 says “The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…
Ephesians 2:8-9 King James Version (KJV)
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast
This is awesome and so beautiful because you know, God’s grace draws us and allows us to freely come to his presence and it is available to everyone. Nobody can, and God won’t force you to believe anything. So this great thing is available to us by His grace. Nothing can disqualify you from the free gift of salvation when you choose to believe it, and by faith receive it through Jesus Christ.
Grace Gives Hope
God has done it! No other person act or thing has allowed us to have this justification available. It is by His grace, goodness, and kindness we are not left alone in this world with our sins. Knowing this gives us peace and hope. We rejoice in the knowledge that we are free from the power sin had over our lives. We rejoice in the Glory of God even so much that we can rejoice in our tribulations because we know that the end results in hope. This grace, has appeared to all men and teaches us how to live righteously and godly in this present world. This also gives us hope. Giving us the desire to draw closer to God.
Grace removes us from control of the law
For sin shall not have dominion over us anymore. We are not under law but under grace. Rom 6:14
If someone truly experiences the freedom and hope of being free from condemnation, having joy with the desire to know and love God, why would anyone believe that grace is a free pass to sin more?
Grace Removes The Fear of Condemnation
Knowing that we can go boldly before the throne of grace (Heb 4:16) to obtain mercy and find grace in time of need; to experience the fullness of God’s love as he pours out His Spirit on hungry hearts, why would anyone want to be put back again into bondage? Restricting something God gives us freely is like saying God might have made a mistake by giving us too much freedom. How absurd. God gives you this grace. Don’t listen to anyone who would try to steal the joy and peace God has desired you to have.