“…because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight…
being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 3:20 and 24
I am doing a word study of justification. Big word; bigger meaning! And justification brings HOPE!
The flesh that is referred to here is the old sin nature that each of us were born with and developed to meet our God given needs for love and acceptance. Some of us have pretty good looking flesh (success, performance, good looks, good works, etc…). Others have chosen a harder way ( drugs, rebellion, alcohol, selfish ambition, etc…). But flesh is flesh no matter what it looks like! And “No flesh will be justified in His sight.” Jesus died that He might give us new life. This means that we must crucify this “flesh”. We must acknowledge our flesh. Call it what it is: our own efforts to be good enough to reach God. Repent of our “flesh” and allow God to re-determine our identity through faith in His love and acceptance as portrayed at the cross.
Justification is the legal act by which a judge declares someone not guilty. If you have asked Jesus into your heart to be your Savior and Lord, then you have been justified once for all time. God has declared you not guilty. But He doesn’t stop there! He also does declare you righteous! (.”…But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested…even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe…. Romans 3:21). I will never be judged by God again. At the Great White Throne judgment, I will receive crowns for faithfulness, perseverance, evangelism, purity or life, etc…, but I will not be judged. I have been justified!