Justification, Dikaiosis in Greek, the act of God declaring mean free from guilt and acceptable to him.
Biblically, divine acquittal.
To be pronounced not guilty by God has always been the pursuit of religion. And, in order to achieve this, every major religion and worldview believes in the principle of works (good or bad action)-or in the principle of cause and effect-to be justified on either the divine or humanistic scale of righteousness.
This is one ubiquitous religious thinking which is deeply embedded in the human psyche, the thought, that we cannot get right with God with faith alone. From this viewpoint springs the endless human saga of achieving good works to gradually earn enough brownie points with God, to be able to eventually have comfortable real estate space in heaven.
The Right Action-or-The Grace of God.
Such is the self-bloating nature of this fallacy (good or bad action) that even Christians in the millions are not immune, especially when the Bible cries aloud that it is by grace (favor) through faith that we are saved and not be works (good actions). That righteousness is not earned but imputed (transferred) by the atoning sacrifice of Christ. That once we are saved after knowing and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, God cannot look at us the way we are, for He can then, only look at us through the righteousness of Christ, and that we do NO-THING to have all of the goodness of Christ credited to our rotten negative balance sheets. This is the gospel, the good news: God Justifieth the Ungodly
God justifieth the ungodly
The Bible is the only piece of religious literature that can run the risk of being attacked for its extreme compassion towards the delinquent and the base elements of society. For which other God has dared to make a statement such as the one given below . Rom 4:5, But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
The above verse in the Bible categorically and emphatically presents faith as the essence of righteousness through which the ungodly elements of society-whether they be murderers or drug addicts can get into right walking with God. But with a verse such as this make no mistake in terms of interpreting the Bible as being soft on sin, it has never been and that is not the point that the Bible tries to make here. The text is proof of God’s acceptance of humanity, no matter what their sins be, that He-God-is forever embracing the sinner in his or her depravity.
Simply put: The person who does not operate according to the principle of works, good and bad action, in order to be justified with God, is still justified because he believes in Jesus Christ.
The Kingdom, March 14, 2013.