Justification in The Old and New Testaments Essays

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When a man is justified before God, he is declared not guilty with reference to the sins he has committed against God. Amazingly, God's "not guilty" verdict does not relate to just one crime, but to every sin the justified man has ever committed or will commit. Paul declares that we have no penalty to pay for sin, which includes past, present or future sins that we may commit. Those who have been justified by faith, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). Therefore, if we are justified there is no penalty to pay for sin and we are free to any charge of guilt or condemnation. Douglas Moo writes it beautifully, “Because we are justified by faith in conjunction with our…show more content…
Abraham inherited his sinful nature through Adam, so he was sentenced to a physical and spiritual death. Abraham was credited righteousness by being obedient to the Law of God. In Genesis 6:8 it describes God and Noah’s relationship, “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” In Hebrews 11:7 it states, “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” Noah was righteous through his faith. Noah was not righteous by his works or obedience to God. Paul quotes David as a blessing in Romans 4:6-8, “just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” Paul introduces David as a example of righteousness by faith. Paul cites Ps. 32:1-2 to demonstrate that David’s righteousness was not based on his works. This demonstrates the idea of full forgiveness of sins is prominent when Paul discusses justification by faith alone. In Psalm 14:1-3 David says every person sins. Also, David states in
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