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Justification In Christ: The Sinners Only Escape And Freedom From The Death Penalty

Rosualdo is just an ordinary person with an extraordinary God, who wants to spread God’s words and love through writing articles and poems.

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The Bible declares, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and “for the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Since all have sinned and alienated from God, and all are guilty, and sentenced to the death penalty, how can a guilty sinner escape and have freedom from the death penalty? Justification in Christ will answer this question. Justification is an act of God acquitting or absolving a guilty sinner, releasing him from the consequences and penalty of sin, and setting him righteous through his grace, the redeeming and atoning work of Christ on the cross based on faith (Romans 3:24-26). Justification in Christ is the sinners only escape and freedom from sin's death penalty (Romans 4:25) (Romans 5:15-21). The law is powerless to justify a sinner from condemnation and judgment (Romans 8:1-4) (Galatians 2:15-16). Good works, religion and all ways seeking for justification can never provide an escape and freedom from the death penalty but only through the justification brought by faith in Jesus Christ.

How can justification in Christ became the sinners only escape and freedom from the death penalty?


1. It acquits, pardons, remits, and sets free the sinner from sin and from the penalty of sin through the redemption made by Christ.


He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (Romans 4:25 NIV)

And all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:24 NIV)

Since sinners are incapable to free themselves from the bondage and slavery of sin, and from sin"s death penalty, Christ sets them free (Galatians 5:1). Christ died for all sinners to demonstrate God's great love (Romans 5:8) (John 3:16). God made Christ as a sin-offering so that anyone might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21), and presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood (Romans 3:25). Christ takes the place of the sinner, the place of curse and condemnation so that the sinner can escape and be free from the penalty of his sins (Romans 8:3) (Galatians 3:13). Christ's death paid the penalty of sin and redeem all sinners from all wickedness (Titus 2:14), and the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). The redemption made by Christ brought justification, the only escape and freedom from the death penalty to any sinner who turned to God through Christ in faith and repentance.

Sin is the crime or transgression committed by breaking the laws of God (1 John 3:4). A sinner is like a criminal or a prisoner destined for a death sentence or penalty for his lawlessness. A sinner, though guilty, when united and justified in Christ through faith is acquitted, pardoned, remitted, and set free from the guilt and liability of all his sins, by being forgiven and not counting his sins against him (2 Corinthians 5:19) (Romans 4:6-8), by escaping the condemnation and judgment (Romans 5:18-19) (Romans 8:33-34), and by setting free from the slavery of sin and death (Romans 6:6-7).

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Since sin is lawlessness, transgression, or crime against God's laws and has a corresponding penalty or consequences for any violation made, there must be a legal proceeding and battle in God's legal courtroom. God is holy and will never tolerate sin and wickedness (1 Peter 1:15-16), so judgment and condemnation are inevitable (Romans 5:16). But God is love and must love sinners (1 John 4:8). God's love sets free sinners from the law of sin and death, judgment and condemnation through Christ's death on the cross which satisfies and meets the righteous requirement of the law, and brings justification to anyone. (Romans 8:1-4) (2 Corinthians 5:21).

In legal proceedings or battles, it involves the accused, the accuser, the legal counsels, and the judge. In God's legal court the characters are the same. Satan or the Devil is called the accuser of the brethren who accuse day and night before God (Revelation 12:10). Jesus Christ is called the advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1). The sinners are the accused of breaking God's law (1 John 3:4). God is the Just Judge (James 4:12).

When the Devil makes an accusation or charge to a sinner who turned to God in Christ, the advocate or the legal attorney (Jesus Christ) will defend and fight his case. He will tell the Just Judge that he already redeem and paid the penalty of his client's sins and provide evidence of his saving and justifying works because he is the justifier to anyone who believes in him (1 Corinthians 1:30). He will make sure that all his clients will be acquitted, pardoned, remitted, and will be set free from the death penalty. Then God will cancel the charge of the sinner's legal indebtedness which stands against and condemned him (Colossians 2:14), and he will justify and declare the justified sinner acquitted, absolved, remitted, and free from any liability of sin, and escape judgment and condemnation (Romans 8:33-34). Justification in Christ is the only way for acquittal, absolution, remission, and freedom from sin's death penalty.

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2. It sets the sinner righteous and valid through the imputation or crediting of Christ's righteousness.


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It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30 NIV)

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV)

Justification in Christ not only acquits, absolves, remits, and sets free the justified sinner from guilt and consequences of his sins but it also sets him righteous and valid before God through Christ's righteousness which is imputed or credited in him in his union with Christ. Through the righteousness of Christ, a justified sinner can have a new legal standing before God as he never sinned because he is declared judicially and personally righteous in Christ (Galatians 3:6). Setting right and valid deletes and cancels any record of past sins and consequences, a mere acquittal and pardon can't do (Colossians 2:14).

Christ's righteousness brings justification which opens the door of escape and freedom from the death penalty. The life force of Christ's righteousness does not only acquits and discharges a justified sinner from his liability but also sets him right and valid to live a new life of righteousness and holiness, for his new legal standing makes him a slave of righteousness not of sin (Romans 6:18). The power of the righteousness of Christ smashes the chains of sin and death and sets right in Christ anyone who believes in him. Christ's righteousness is the basis of God to justify and declare a sinner turned believer righteous before him (Romans 3:25-26). Justification in Christ is the only way for setting a justified sinner righteous and valid before God and keeping him away from sin's death penalty.

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3. It restores the sinner to the state of favor and blessings


Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5 NIV)

Justification in Christ does not only acquits, pardons, and sets the justified sinner righteous before God, but also it restores the sinner to the state of favor and blessings to keep him away from the state of sin, judgment, and condemnation. It provides an escape and freedom from the dominion and power of sin and its penalty by elevating a justified sinner from the realm of sin and pain. The Parable of the Lost Son portrays the restoration of the sinner to the state of favor and blessings when the robe, the ring, and sandals were put on him (Luke 15:11-32). Man enjoys the blessings and favor from God before the fall. When sin reigns, it keeps him away from the state of blessedness. If a sinner remains in the realm of sin, he can never enjoy the blessedness and favor from God.

Justification in Christ provides restoration of the justified sinner to the state of favor and blessings (Ephesians 1:3). A justified sinner is entitled to enjoy the things and provisions from God to enable him to live a holy life away from the state of sin and the death penalty. A justified sinner becomes a son of God, and the son is qualified to enjoy the things that belong to God. Without justification in Christ, there will be no restoration to favor and blessings because it is the only way that leads to the state of blessedness.

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4. It reconciles the sinner to God through the reconciliation made by Christ.


Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:9-11 NIV)

Justification in Christ does not only acquits, pardons, set rights, and restores a justified sinner to favor and blessings, but also reconciles a justified sinner to God through Christ's reconciling act on the cross. Reconciliation is the last phase of Christ justifying works. God plans to save and reconcile the world to himself through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:19). Sin condemns, alienates, and breaks the fellowship and relationship of man to God. Justification in Christ is the only way to bring the lost humanity back to God for it reconnects the broken and damaged fellowship between God and man (2 Corinthians 5:21). Justification brings peace with God and breaks the enmity between God and man (Romans 5:1). The Parable of the Lost Son also depicts reconciliation between God and the sinner.

If a sinner is not reconciled to God, he can never escape and have freedom from the death penalty, for he is destined for judgment and condemnation. The bond of fellowship between God and the justified sinner will keep the justified soul away from sin's death penalty. The transport of a justified sinner from the realm of sin to God's fellowship and presence proves that he escape and is free from sin and its penalty. Sin and the death penalty lose dominion and claim when a justified sinner is reconciled and reconnected to God through the justification provided by Christ.

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The grace of God, the redeeming work of Jesus Christ on the cross justifies all sinners who turn to God through Christ. Justification in Christ is the only escape and freedom from sin and the death penalty. It acquits, absolves, sets right, restores, and reconciles a sinner united and justified in Christ. No other means of justification is accepted and honored by God except what Christ provided.

© 2022 Rosualdo Ponce

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