…to all and on all who believe…being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, …that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
– Romans 3:22-26
Even though God is love, and a God of grace, mercy, and compassion, He is also a God who is completely holy, righteous, and just.
A just God cannot let sins go unpunished, neither can He lower the standard of His law by even the slightest letter or degree. Unfortunately, no one has ever met, or will ever meet His standard. All have fallen short and sinned against God (Romans 3:23).
But God, in His abundant mercy and grace, chose not to deal with us as we deserved, but instead sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice to take all our punishment on our behalf – both those who lived before the cross and those who lived after – so that His justice would be fully satisfied and His righteousness fully demonstrated (Romans 3:24-25).
For even before Jesus came as a Man to walk on earth, God preached the gospel of the grace gift of His Son Jesus Christ to the forefathers of old, such as Enoch, Noah, and Abraham, and to Israel through the prophets.
God offered His Son as a gift to every man, that all who receive and accept Jesus and His sacrifice at the cross are freely justified by His grace upon Jesus’s work.
Because Jesus perfectly meets God’s standards and lived a perfect life as a Man, and because no sin of any man who ever lived was left unaddressed at the cross of Jesus, God is righteous and just to justify all who have put their faith in Christ Jesus.
Accepting Jesus as our Saviour means God sets Jesus as our justification to become righteous and blameless before Him eternally.
The Bible tells us that God has also set the Lord Jesus as the righteous Judge over the world, having passed all judgement to Jesus and appointed a day where all the world, both living and dead, will be judged in righteousness by Jesus the Son of Man (John 5:22-30, John 8:15-26, Acts 17:31).
The judgement is clear-cut: we are either judged righteous and acceptable in Christ, or we are judged according to our deeds and measured against God’s law if we are not in Christ (which we already know is a guaranteed failure).
No one who has put their trust in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour needs to be afraid of the day of judgement, because your perfect righteousness and acceptance by God is guaranteed in Christ, from the day you said yes to Jesus and His grace. The Judge is also your justification.
It doesn’t matter what you have done, or not done, before you accepted Jesus, or even after you accepted Him.
You may think that you have turned your back on Jesus or let Him down through the years, but know this: He has never turned His back on you, and He will never let you down.
A promise is a promise. God keeps His promises. And He cannot lie.
It’s futile and frustrating to keep trying to cover up for yourself and seeking your own justification or trying to change yourself to be more right and acceptable to God. Because that’s simply impossible.
Rather, look away from yourself to the perfect justification of Christ that has already been provided for you and to you, and simply receive it by faith.
And let the liberating freedom of your assured justification and acceptance in Christ lead you into true transformation simply by beholding Him.
You don’t have to be afraid of God as your Judge any longer; you can be free and open with Him and in His presence, knowing that you are fully justified in Jesus and He is right there to help you with any need you have.
Because when you encounter Jesus, you encounter grace.