First Things @ First
I read something on Sunday morning that shed new light on the important subject of 'justification'.
The author being O.S. Hawkins who in using Romans 3:24-26 in his devotional 'The Believer's Code', --"We are justified freely by (God's) grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus...that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Him" says in response.
"Only the work of Jesus on the cross makes us able to stand before a Holy God. In an act of indescribable grace, God credited to our account the righteousness of Christ."
Listen closely to what follows--"
a human court of law may acquit or pardon, but only a righteous God can--and will--take someone guilty like me, justify me, and treat me as if I have never sinned...and God extends this gift of salvation not in response to any of our human efforts. Paul taught that grace is a 'gift of God' (Ephesians 2:8), a blessing freely given by the Father." (end)
Because the blood of Jesus Christ covers all my sin through faith and repentance, then God cannot see it. That means that God sees me in the same light that He sees His Son who gave what I could never earn and needed more than anything else in this world.
All who accept the gift of salvation are justified freely by the grace of God and are never the same!
When that truth is permitted to penetrate the heart, life will forever change for the believer where grace prevails!