Justification by Faith: Gospel Today Devotional - 23rd August, 2022

When man fell, sin came into existence. This also presented man in a way before God; the man who was once faultless, and enjoyed sweet fellowship with God without any form of restriction now became the man who ran away from God on hearing his voice, and every man that came after this was born, and shaped in iniquity as the Psalmist says in Psalm 51:5. It can be said therefore that through one man came sin.


Justification by Faith: Gospel Today Devotional - 23rd August, 2022


Although man disobeyed God's instruction, and became dead in spirit, alienated from God, still the all-merciful, loving God had to come up with another plan; the plan to redeem man from his fallen state. But then, since sin came through a man, it was necessary that a man also became the source through which pardon and cleansing could be made available. 


The scripture explains that God as a means of making redemption possible for a man who disobeyed his rule when had to sacrifice his only begotten Son such that through him, man is redeemed from his fallen state and reconciled back to him (John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:20). Let's consider the passage of Scripture below,


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


Although this plan was made, man didn't just become justified for his actions. Of course, God could have been justified if he had decided to live man in his fallen state because the action of man was not justifiable. The man was guilty of that which he did, and he needed to be justified before he could be redeemed. And there was no way the man on his own could be justified except one purer than him(Jesus Christ) pleaded his cause before the Chief Judge, God himself.


Jesus had to through his sacrifice plead for the innocence of a man who was already declared guilty. This is what justification is about. Being declared free, and for man, as a result of this, became as though he was never guilty. This I want you to know first, that man couldn't plead innocent until he placed his faith in Christ, in the ability that the one who was to defend him had what it took to plead on his behalf for pardon.


 This means that justification is by faith in Christ. Man, therefore, was redeemed because he was justified, and was justified because he believed in Christ. No man therefore can be justified before God except through Christ, that is, faith in his saving grace, and power. Praise God!


What came as a result of man's justification through faith in Christ? The answer is *peace*. That which man lost with God when he fell and was alienated from him. The peace of knowing he was no longer guilty, and that he was now free, and as a result reinstated to his former state where he now enjoyed fellowship, rest, and an unending relationship with his Maker. Why is this coming to you? To let you know that you have been declared innocent(justified) by Christ and that you now have your peace with God through Christ. You're no longer who you used to be. You are justified. You are redeemed. Praise God!


Daily Nugget: Faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross is the only way by which a man can be justified.


Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving your Son for me. Thank you for loving me so much. Thank you for the peace I now have with you. Thank you for I have been justified.


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