A just God and Savior is what distinguishes the only True God from idols. All false views of the Atonement and Justification fail in this area. The produce a god, an idol of the imagination who is neither just or a Savior. But the God of the Bible was glorified in the victorious and effectual Redemption accomplished by Christ. It is the work that established righteousness that is imputed to God's people for Justification.
Justification must have a solid foundation of an Effectual Atonement. This means that both the intent and affect of the death of Christ was successful. All for whom Christ died will be saved. Not one for whom He died will see be condemned. His death does not potentially save anyone or render people merely savable. Christ's death actually does the saving of the sinner.
Christ-Centered Justification based on the truth of Imputation and the Effectual Atonement of Christ
Justification by Grace
The merit of the Person and work of Christ in His entire obedience is imputed (legally transfered) to the account of the sinner. This is the ground of Justification.
This righteousness is received by God-given faith and is the basis for the believer's assurance of salvation. Christ is called "The Lord Our Righteousness" and that is exactly what He becomes to His people when they are justified.
How Can a Man Be Just With God?
by Scott Price
The doctrine of Justification is the heart of the message of the gospel of grace. It is a message that MUST be correct to qualify as the gospel message that God uses to be "the power of God unto salvation". If a preacher is wrong on this aspect of the gospel then he preaches a false gospel. If a church does not hold to the Biblical doctrine of Justification then they are a false church. There are plenty of each out there. As a matter of fact, Biblical fact, the vast majority are in that category.
How can a man be just with God? That is one of the most important questions that can be asked. The gospel of grace clearly gives the answer to that important question. If the answer does not center in on the merit of Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ alone being the ground of Justification you need to beware.
May the Lord give you spiritual eyes to understand the difference between true and false Justification. Below are links to articles both on our site and others that will lead to other sites. Read with care. Check what you read with God's word.
God-given faith looks to Christ alone and the work He has done in establishing a perfect righteousness for the Justification of God's elect. God's people do not have faith in their faith and are not counting on their faith as condition for Justification. Their faith looks to the perfect object of faith, which is the Christ who Justifies the sinner. Faith is only as good as its object.
By Faith Alone
The word of God reveals the gospel of
Justification by Grace. It is a message
God uses to save His people, "the power
of God unto salvation" (Rom 1:16). It
involves the purpose of God to reveal
Himself as both a just God and Savior,
the Effectual and Particular Atonement
of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Imputation
of Christ' righteousness and the proper
place of God-given faith.