North Pointe Family,
As a kid, I had a friend whose family belonged to an exclusive country club. This club catered to the wealthy. From time to time, they would take me as their guest. While I was at the club, I was extended all the perks of a rich person. But I wasn’t rich, my family was of modest means. Why then, was I treated like a rich person? I was the guest of a member family. Because I was with them, I was given a status that I didn’t have to earn.
That is a bit of a picture of justification. In Romans 5:1, Paul says that we are justified because we are in Christ.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Someone once told me that justified means “Just as if I had never sinned”. This means God the Father looks at us as if we have never sinned. But how can this be? We are all sinners. We are in Christ, so the Father looks at us if we are sinless like Christ. Just as being the guest of a wealthy family accorded me privileges that really didn’t belong to me, so being in Christ accords us privileges that don’t really belong to us.
The next time you pray, would you give God thanks that in Christ you are justified before Him?