Justified Or Righteous
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. – Galatians 2:16
This word justified in the Original Greek is actually the word righteous. However it is a verb and in English, we do not have an English verb for righteous. Instead the translators translated this word as justified.
What is the difference? Justified is from the word justice. What does the word justice conjure up in your mind? It conjures up a judge and jury and judgement. When God is actually trying to tell us that our righteousness, our right-standing with God, is not by works but by faith in Jesus Christ.
In fact, the word righteous that is in the original Greek is a passive word, meaning that we did nothing to earn it or deserve it. It is a gift from God. We should thank God every day that it is not us who makes us righteous but our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Have you received Jesus as your Lord and Saviour? Do you believe Jesus died to pay the price for your sin? That He was raised from the dead? Then just pray aloud, “Lord Jesus, I repent of all my sins. Come into my heart and be my Lord and Saviour.” If you believed in your heart and confessed with your mouth, you are Born-again. Let us know if you prayed this prayer.
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