Romans 5:1 – Therefore, being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The definition for justified in a theological sense means:

To be declared innocent or guiltless

Can it possibly be that erring man, born in sin and guilty under the law be declared innocent?  The punishment for sin is DEATH!  How does JUSTIFICATION happen?

Romans 5:1 says it happens by faith!  Faith means to be fully persuaded about something.  Of what are we to be persuaded? What is it that brings justification to sinful men? The answer to that is found in the latter part of that verse:  through our Lord Jesus Christ!

When Jesus walked this earth in human flesh, He said He didn’t come to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  That is, all who put their faith and confidence  in His death on that blood-stained cross have peace with God and are justified.  It is astounding when we think about it that one man could die for the sins of the whole world.  All who appropriate that sacrificial act to their lives personally are justified!  Christ’s crucifixion which he endured right up until death was enough to satisfy sin’s demand of death!  Through that death, Jesus’ blood when applied to the hearts of repentant sinners,  washes them clean and declares them innocent in God’s sight.  Jesus took our sin, our guilt and our shame and all of it was nailed to the Cross.  Now we are free to be the children of God.  We are free from sin’s dominion over us.  As we have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so let us walk in HimEnjoy your newfound freedom in Christ. You are accepted by God in the beloved by faith in Jesus’ work on the Cross.  Faith in His atoning blood washes our sins away.  You arejust-as-if-you’d-never-sinned! That is the power of the blood and the power of the cross. JUSTIFIED BY FAITH THROUGH JESUS CHRIST!