Justification. What does it mean? It’s the act of God Himself making us right with Him. Justify – Just as if I never sinned.
God is an awesome God. He is all-powerful. He is all-present everywhere. He is all-knowing. The most amazing thing about God I know is that He knows everything, but He chooses to forget one thing: my sin. Your sin. You have probably said this before, “I’ll forgive him for what he did, but I will never forget.”
God is not that way. He forgives our sin and He forgets our sin. As far as He is concerned, it never happened. God removes our sin so far from us as the east is from the west.
When we repent of our sin, our mistakes, our misgivings, our missing the mark of God’s law, and come to Him with an humble heart, broken over our sin, God quickly forgives and abundantly pardons us.
A pastor named Roland Buck had visitations from angels. He shares these experiences in a book called Angels On Assignment. One day Gabriel visited him and took him to Heaven. They were in the record book room. While Gabriel was busy he found the book with his name on it. He looked at some dates he knew he had done some bad stuff. He was shocked. The page was lily white. There was not even an erasure mark.
Justified – Just as if we never sinned.
There was a man who lived a wicked life. One day he met Jesus and his life changed. He became a pastor, got married and had a family. One day he started grieving over his past sins. He would bewail his sins of the past in prayer. This became an obsession. He lost his church. Later, he lost his family. He just about lost his sanity. One day as he was weeping over his past sins, Jesus appeared in front of him. He just stood there. He continued weeping over his past sins to Jesus. Jesus put his finger on his forehead and said, “I’m sorry, I can’t remember.”
Ask God about sins you have repented over, and he will tell you He has no idea what you are talking about.
Paul the apostle said this, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
We have been washed clean in Jesus’ blood, we have been set apart unto God, we have been justified.
There is a legend told among rabbis. Under the Old Covenant, they would take one goat and shed its blood as a sin offering for the people. They would take another one and lay hands on it imparting the sins of the people to it. Then a man would take it out into the wilderness and let it go. They would tie a scarlet thread to the goat and to the door of the Temple. When the goat was let loose in the wilderness, if God had truly forgiven the people of their sin, the thread would turn white.