How is it that we have managed to turn the simple reality of Justification into an irrelevant doctrine that has little meaning to our real lives? Did you know that this truth has everything to do with everything we think or do every single day? Justification is Jesus' defense of those who believe. He calls us RIGHTEOUS.
He calls us righteous because, through His finished work on the cross, He has MADE us righteous. Argue it all you want, but the reality of justification goes right to the bone … it touches us exactly where we need it. The fact of the matter is that we spend most of our waking hours attempting to justify ourselves.
How so? We work hard to make ourselves appear respectable. We attempt to defend ourselves in our arguments and by our good deeds. We repeatedly act out HOW we would say WHAT we would say if WE were in somebody else's situation. Who are we trying to impress? If you are trying to impress me … why?
I'm not your judge! Nor are you mine. But if the righteous judge of all the earth has defended you what is left to say? Who needs your proof? Do you have any idea how much time you would find available to do something worthwhile if you didn't have to try to convince other people that you are really worth something because somebody else already made it a reality?
scoopfully yours, the shovel (aka Jim)