How to Be Justified by God – Past Tense
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
When will God say to you, “You are righteous”? Will God only pronounce you righteous, will God only justify you once you have reached heaven? Look back at your text and find the answer.
Christian, you have been justified by faith! Paul is not writing to saints in heaven. He is writing to Christians on earth. Christian, you have, right now, peace with God! Though you struggle still with sin and temptation, your peace is not based on your perfection. Your peace, your justification is based on the finished work of Jesus Christ. He has died for your sins. He has made you righteous. Therefore, by grace through faith in Christ, you have been justified! Yes, look forward to that day when you will find yourself in heaven, rejoicing that you are clothed in the fitting and worthy wedding garments of the righteousness of Jesus Christ, but go about this day knowing that you wear the righteous robes this very day! Because of Christ, God looks upon you now, already, as forgiven of your sins and made righteous. Christian, you have been justified by grace through faith in Christ.