Justification refers to salvation from the penalty of sin and freedom from guilt of past sins.
Justification is the act of God whereby those who put their faith in Christ are declared right or righteous in His eyes and are freed from guilt or punishment. Because we are in Christ, God looks as us “JUST-AS-IF-I HAD NEVER SINNED” (JUSTIFY).
a. Who justifies us? (Romans 8:33)___________________________________
b. Justification comes through whom? (Romans 3:24) ___________________
c. How are we justified? (Acts 13:39) _________________________________
d. Is it possible to be justified by keeping the laws of Moses? (Acts 13:39) _____
e. Can any flesh (man) be justified by the deeds of the law? (Rom. 3:20) ______
f. What justified the ungodly? (Rom. 4:5) ______________________________
g. How does God count us righteous? (Romans 4:5)______________________
h. What do we have now with God as a result of being justified? (Rom. 5:1)
i. Because we are justified by His blood, what are we saved from? (Rom. 5:9)
3. We Are Saved from the Power of Sin (Sins of the Present)
Since the Christian has been saved from the guilt and penalty of sin, the Lord Jesus provides us with a day-by-day salvation from the power, dominion, and control of sin. Before Christ came to live inside of us, sin ruled us. Various sins and habits seek to control and dominate our lives from which we need deliverance. This process is called sanctification.
Sanctification may be defined as being set apart from sin and being yielded to the Lord for His service. It involves being separated or set apart for God’s purpose. It is a work God does in us. We are sanctified the moment we believe. Sanctification is a threefold process. It is instantaneous, progressive, and final.
Instant sanctification has to do with the believer’s position in Christ. It takes place the moment when the individual accepts Christ as Savior.
a. The Corinthian church was filled with sin and carnality. However, who did
Paul say that they were in Christ Jesus? (1 Corinthians 1:2)
b. When we are in Christ Jesus, what four things are instantly given to us?
(1 Corinthians 1:30)
We are placed in a position with God where, regardless to our actual present spiritual condition, He sees us as different and set apart from the world. God puts the holiness of Jesus to a man’s account the moment he believes. However, what God gives us positionally, we must seek experientially.
Progressive sanctification has to do with the believer’s spiritual growth and his becoming more like Christ. This involves his thoughts, attitudes, and actions. It is being set apart each day for Christ. It is a growth process of Bible study, prayer, yielding, cleansing, and seeking to become more like Christ. This growth continues throughout life.
a. Some groups teach that we can live above sin and that we are instantly
sanctified of all sin at the moment of salvation. Does Scripture support this
view? (1 John 1:8)
b. Peter says that we are to desire the milk of the Word so we may __________
(1 Peter 2:2). This indicates that we are not fully grown the moment we are
c. How do we sanctify ourselves? (John 17:19) ___________________________
d. How are we made clean? (John 15:3) ________________________________
e. What keeps us from sinning against God? (Psalm 119:11)_______________
f. In 2 Corinthians 6, Paul encourages believers to beware of fellowshipping
and communing with unbelievers. What warning does he give in verse 17?
Final (Complete) Sanctification
There will come a day when we will be totally separated and set apart from the world and sin. We will be completely perfected in Him. We shall be like Him – sinless.
g. What will happen to us at the coming of the Lord? (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
So our instantaneous or positional sanctification requires from the human side, faith in Jesus Christ. Our progressive sanctification depends on our study of the Word and our yielding to Jesus Christ. The study of God’s Word produces growth.
5. We Will Be Saved from the Presence of Sin
Glorification, which also coincides with the third process of sanctification, refers to the time when our bodies are fully redeemed and set free from sin. We will be delivered from this present body of flesh.
a. How does Paul describe our present bodies (flesh)? (Rom. 7:18, 24) ________
b. What will be changed? (Philippians 3:20) ______________________________
c. Who will our bodies be like? (Philippians 3:21) _________________________
d. When will we be made like Him? (1 John 3:2) ___________________________
You can make your life right with God this very moment and make heaven your home. Pray this prayer now to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Heavenly Father, I repent and ask You to forgive me of my sins and come into my heart. I believe Jesus died on the cross and rose again just for me. I receive Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I confess Him as Lord of my life. I surrender my life to Him right now. Thank You, Lord, for saving me and for giving me eternal life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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