You are Justified and Made Righteous by Faith in Christ Jesus


Happy Wednesday Saints.

Yesterday, we looked at Galatians 2:16, which says, “A PERSON IS NOT JUSTIFIED BY THE WORKS OF THE LAW, BUT BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.”

What does it mean to be “JUSTIFIED”?

Justification is when a sinner is graciously declared righteous by God when they place their faith in Jesus Christ.

To be righteous simply means to have ‘right standing’ before God.

But how are you righteous before God?

The Heidelberg Catechism answers the above question like this:

“Only by true faith in Jesus Christ. Although my conscience accuses me that I have grievously sinned against all God’s commandments, have never kept any of them, and am still inclined to all evil, yet God, without any merit of my own, out of mere grace, imputes to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ.

He grants these to me as if I had never had nor committed any sin, and as if I myself had accomplished all the obedience which Christ had rendered for me, if only I accept this gift with a believing heart.”

Jesus ACCOMPLISHED ALL THE OBEDIENCE that the Lord required, and your faith in Him graciously makes His accomplishments your own.

The penalty for your sins was placed on the cross of Jesus Christ. God, our righteous judge, takes the righteousness of Jesus and credits it to you when you place your faith in Him.

Hallelujah! Thank God for His grace and mercy. The perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ have been imputed to all who believe.

Have a wonderful day as you ponder the fact that you’ve been justified and made righteous in Christ. God bless, and lots’a love,


Pastor Warren Retzlaff