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Justification By Faith

In the case of human judges in the Old Testament, they were to justify the righteous and condemn the wicked.

If there is a controversy between men, and they come to judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked. Deut 25:1

God required accurate judgment

He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD. Prov 17:15.

In regard to the gospel, justification is a verdict pronounced by God as judge, and it is the opposite to condemnation. God's judgment is always strictly accurate.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. Psalm 97:2
Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet. Isaiah 28:16

See also Rom 2:2 Ps 89:14

He will by no means clear the guilty. Exod 34:7

To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him who believes in Jesus. Rom 3:26

How then can God in perfect truth and strict justice declare one who is an ungodly sinner to be righteous? How can He be both just and the justifier of him who believes in Jesus?

The answer to this apparent paradox is that when the sinner believes in Jesus, God imputes to him or her the perfect righteousness which Christ has accomplished. This fully meets the righteous requirements of God's law. (Rom 8:3,4) God then declares the believing sinner to be righteous (Rom 3:24)

Justification is the verdict by God as judge, that the believing sinner is righteous. 

Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Rom 8:33

Justification does not take place within us. It takes place before the throne of God and is one of the "things which are above". (Col 3:1). It is to be carefully distinguished from both the new birth and sanctification which take place here and within us.

Believers have this great blessing now.

We do not have to wait for the next life to find out whether God will accept us or not. For the true believer, God has already given His verdict which can never be altered or recalled. It is by authority of God on His eternal throne. "Authority that flows from His throne unto His own"

Much more then, having been now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Rom 5:9
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Rom 5:1,2

Every one who is now justified will certainly be glorified.

Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Rom 8:33

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