For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. -Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV
There are three steps to the Christian process; Justification, Sanctification and Glorification. To be Justified, means you have been approved for eternity with God, by God- you have been SAVED. To be saved means that the Lord Jesus Christ has rescued you from God’s wrath and judgment- we call this SALVATION. Salvation, is by GRACE alone, through FAITH alone, in CHRIST alone- so that GOD ALONE gets the glory.
Leader, Justification is the opposite of Condemnation. They are both legal terms. To condemn someone is to declare them GUILTY, to justify someone is the declare them NOT GUILTY. Condemnation says you are EVIL, justification says you are RIGHTEOUS-have RIGHT standing before GOD. Condemnation says you are bad and unwelcome. Justification says you are good, you are WELCOME in the presence of God, for eternity!
Conduit, we can’t be GOODNUFF! Isaiah 64:6 tells us; We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. In Romans 3:10-12 we are told that NONE is righteous, that no one does good- NOT EVEN ONE. In Philippians 3, we are told to have NO CONFIDENCE in the flesh. It is God’s WORK in you and THROUGH you, so WE MUST put GOD on OUR THRONE and quit stealing His Glory! All Glory and Honor to YOU Almighty God, forever and ever! Amen!