Salvation Series : Lesson #6
Words Associated With Salvation (Part 1)
In this lesson and
also the other parts of this lesson we are going to be looking at words that
are used when the subject of salvation is being discussed or taught from the
Bible. These words are associated with salvation and are also very important to
There is not much
teaching or preaching done today on these words, which is one of the reasons
that many people do not understand salvation. This is also probably one of the
reasons for there being so many false teachings concerning the subject of
salvation. In this lesson we are going to cover just one word associated with
salvation and it is Justification.
Justification : (Romans
4:24 through Romans 5:1)
Before we begin
teaching about justification we will look at a definition of the word.
Justification – the act whereby God declares a person righteous even though they are not.
By this definition, when a person is saved,
they are seen righteous by God even though they were sinners.
Why does a person need to be justified?
This is the easy
part to understand because the word of God says “all have sinned and come short
of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
If you have ever even committed just one sin, that makes you a sinner. Being a
sinner you are therefore guilty before God.
Now God is Holy,
Just, and Righteous so he cannot overlook sin. The only way to get to Heaven is
going to be that you must be justified or somehow seen as righteous in the eyes
of God. Many say that their good works make them righteous but as we will see
shortly a man is not justified by works. Remember if you could earn salvation
then why did Jesus die on the cross for your sins? Others may say that I am a
good person, the word of says there is none righteous no not one and there is
none that doeth good no not one. (Romans
3:10-12) So the bottom line is to get to heaven you are going to have
to be justified to get there.
How is a person justified?
We are justified by
faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 5:9 “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”
Acts 13:39 “And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.”
Galatians 2:16 “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, the 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.”
The above verses plainly
show that a person is not justified by works but by faith. Therefore the moment
that a person asks God to save them, trusting in the shed blood of the Lord
Jesus Christ, they are saved and justified in the sight of God.
The next question
will be how can God do this? It does look at first like God is overlooking sin
but he is not. This is where the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ comes in.
When Jesus got on the cross he bore our sins in his own body (1 Peter 2:24). He took our place
and suffered everything that a sinner would suffer. He became sin for us as the
word of God says so that we could become righteous. The reason that God can
justify us is because that even though we have committed sin, the Lord Jesus
Christ has paid for those sins. Therefore God is not overlooking sin it is
already paid for. This is also why you cannot earn salvation because Jesus paid
the price and only through faith in him can you be justified. A verse that
describes this very well is given below.
2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Now the “he” in that
verse is God and the “him” is the Lord Jesus Christ. This verse explains it
perfectly. When we get saved we receive the righteousness that is in the Jesus
therefore God sees us as righteous because of Jesus righteousness not our own.
And he does not see our sin because Jesus has paid the price for it. This is an
amazing thing, in a since as a result of sin we have the death penalty on us
but Jesus took our place and died for us and now through faith in him we can
What are the results of Justification?
As a result of being
justified by God we have great blessing. One we are seen as righteous even though
we are not (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Number two, we have peace with God (Romans
5:1), that is we are no longer at odds or separated from God as a
result of our sin. Last of all we are saved from wrath through being justified
by the blood of Jesus Christ (Romans
Salvation Series : Lesson #6 Handout
Words Associated With Salvation (Part 1)
1) What is a good passage for looking at the
2) What is a good definition for Justification?
3) Why do we need justification?
4) When and how are we justified? Give a
5) Why can the Lord Jesus take our place and we
be Justified even though we are sinners?
6) List 3 results of our Justification. Give a
reference for each.