RIGHTEOUSNESS:  You Are Justified!
Sandra G. Kennedy

B. Childress
Mar 13 2008 08:00 AM

The fall of man did not catch God by surprise nor catch Him off guard.  Before the foundation of the world, there was a
plan established to restore mankind back to Himself in his full glory!

    "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him [the Antichrist], whose names are not written in the
    book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."   Revelation 13:8

There was nothing that required God to reconcile His creation - nothing demanded that He redeem them from the
kingdom of darkness.  He was quite aware that man would spurn and mock Him, even shake his fist in hatred toward
heaven, and blast Him with the words of his mouth.

Yet, the intense love within Jehovah compelled Him - drove Him in compassion to reach out for His man in fellowship and
restoration - even before he was created.

    "Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed
    upon all men, for that all have sinned:"   Romans 5:12

Sin now separated them, and death - not life - dwelt within the hearts of men.  Man was sinful, but even God in His
compassion and grace could not overlook the sin that was committed.  No matter how merciful He is, He could not wipe it
clean, for God is holy and righteous.

This scripture states that by one man's transgression, sin had entered into the world and death came because of that
iniquity.  Through this one man, death passed to all men down through the generations.


No individual born through the sands of time escaped this "death seed" within his bosom; every man entered into
captivity and bondage without recourse.  We could not even approach this Holy God because of the sin we had
become.  We had a debt we could never pay; locked up in darkness without hope of escape.

    "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in
    the beginning with God....And the Word was made flesh, dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the
    glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."   John 1:1-2,14

    "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the
    same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil."          
    Hebrews 2:14-15

God had a plan.  It was foreordained that He would come to us - and become one of us.  Because we could never come
to Him, He abounded toward you and me.  This Sent One, called the Redeemer, would carry the sinless, spotless Blood
of God within His veins and willingly pour it out for the redemption of mankind.

At the right time, Jesus, the Word of the Living God, borne of Mary, but Fathered by the Almighty, came to earth and
lived among men.  He was anointed of God in the River Jordan to go about doing good and healing all that were
oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38) - here was God's hands touching the lives of men.


Jesus lived a totally sinless life, devoid of any curse or death seed within Him.  This same Man was wrongly condemned
to a brutal death, nailed to the Cross on Calvary's hill.  But it was all a part of the divine plan - that one righteous Man
should die for the sins of the people so that the entire race of man should not perish before God (John 11:49-52).

While on the rugged Cross, Jesus became sin for us in our place - going to Calvary as our Substitute.  He Who knew no
sin willingly took all of our sins upon Himself.  He, indeed, was a Vessel of Honor fit for the Master's use.  Oh the wisdom
and greatness of our God!

Christ died an agonizing death separated from His Father and went into the pit of hell as a mortal man without God -
having become the curse of the law, though none of it His own.


Jesus preached to the Old Testament saints a triumphant message.  He satisfied the courts of heaven where sin was
concerned and God almighty declared, "Enough! paid in Full!"

Yes, Satan had taken Jesus into his domain of darkness - into the blazes of hell itself, but Jesus was not guilty of any
transgression.  Death is only the wages of sin.  And that was our sin He was carrying.

It was our failure that took Jesus to the Cross.  Yet all these things were in the eternal plan that was hidden from the
beginning of time.

The Holy Spirit entered hell itself like a Mighty Rushing Wind - much as He did in the book of Acts - and resurrected His
Spirit.  He became the First Born from the Dead!

This was not the first time a man had been raised from the dead, but He was the prototype of resurrecting spiritually
dead men and recreating them back into the image of Almighty God.  Glory to the Father!  Isn't He outstanding?

    "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he
    might be the firstborn among many brethren."   Romans 8:29

Jesus took the keys of death and hell from their leader, then came up out of the pit of hell and passed through the
earth.  He grabbed His body from the grave and ascended before the very throne of God.  This Lord Jesus presented
His spotless Blood before God Almighty as a propitiation - as a ransom to deliver mankind.  The payment was more than
enough.  His Blood carried the very life of God that was poured out for us!

    "And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass
    the time of your sojourning here in fear: forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible
    things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the
    precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and with spot:"   I Peter 1:17-19

God accepted His Blood; it satisfied in full the debt of sin against mankind.  His Blood was then poured out on the Mercy
Seat in Heaven's Holy of Holies - God did all of this for us!

It wasn't for Himself, but for you and me.  Think of it.  It was for men who could never have paid enough to walk free of
sin - who could never have prayed long enough - who could never have done anything to break the power of the devil
over our lives.


Jesus, the Undisputed Champion of our Salvation has paid the eternal price to set us free from sin, death, hell, and the
grave.  Glory!

Mankind has been JUSTIFIED.  
Just-as-if-we had never, ever committed sin.  We've been set free by the precious Blood
of the Lamb of God.  Our debt has been paid in full and the Great Judge of the Universe has declared us justified.

Those of us who have been born again have received our justification before Almighty God and eternal life has been
imparted into our spirits.

In the Bible, our Gracious Father has declared that the only thing He forgets are the sins of the ones who trust in His
great salvation.  God is omniscient: that is, He knows all things in times past, present, and future.  But He willfully
chooses to forget the sins of man once the Redeeming Blood is applied.


God does not see born again believers as forgiven sinners, rather as those who have never sinned.

Religion has taught us that we are "sinners saved by grace."  Yes, at one time we were spiritually dead because of
iniquity - and it's true we were saved by God's grace and mercy, but in His eyes now, we are no longer sinners.  In
God's sight we have no past.  We are now clean, justified sons and daughters of the Almighty!

    "And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with
    him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us,
    which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities
    and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it."   Colossians 2:13-15

Our Precious Jesus reconciled us to our Father.  Though we were spiritually dead and eternally separated from God
because of sin, God forgave us because of the work of Jesus done on the Cross of Calvary and in His resurrection.

The Father, because of our Lord Jesus, was able to blot out every evidence of sin - eradicate it by the Blood of the
Lamb of God by nailing the entire
sin nature to the Cross.  Praise God!


What a plan!  Let me (Sandra G. Kennedy) repeat it once more:  in His eyes, the moment we are born again we have no
past.  We do not enter the Kingdom of God as a forgiven sinner, but rather  as one justified before the Lord as if we'd
never sinned at all - sons and daughters of God.  We truly are brand new creatures; old things have passed away from

From His heart, God chose to send the Redeemer to break the power of darkness over His creation.  He's the One Who
sent Jesus to satisfy the courts of heaven for the transgressions of mankind.  It was God's heart Who chose to make us
"just" before Him.  No one twisted His arm or applied pressure on Him to act.  It was His decision to deliver us from the
coming wrath.  He loves us.  We may be flippant when we use that word, but God's love is true and real and everlasting.

Remarkably, He is
completely committed to us.  He desires that every man and woman be delivered and set free - so He
personally makes the way of escape an easy way.  In fact, it's so simple we often miss it.


The finished work of Calvary has already been fulfilled and established before The Judge of All.  The only thing we
need to do is believe in our heart what Jesus did for us through the Cross and His resurrection - and with our mouth
declare Him to be our Lord and Savior.

    "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
    raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and
    with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."   Romans 10:9-10  

Without Jesus in our heart, every one of us would split hell's gates wide open, and all of us, let's admit it, deserve to
have hell as our eternal home.

But here is the Good News of the Gospel!  Because we could do nothing of ourselves about our sin, He came
to us, for
us, and
like us.  Jesus Himself did not need what was accomplished on the Cross - He was sinless.  Yet He came just for
you and me.


I hope you realize you can be released from the chains that have held you in bondage for years.  The heavy weight of
sin and guilt can be lifted from you - and you can truly go free!

As a member of His household, you are now an heir of the inheritance that He has had held for you since the beginning
of time.  Life is so wonderful in Him.


When we come to our God Who says, "I cannot lie" - not that He won't lie, but that He cannot lie - and He says we are
justified before Him, that takes a major step of faith to accept and walk in it.

We often think we have to "do something" to be justified - to demonstrate what our brain says is good enough behavior
for this to happen.  And we punish ourselves by trying to match up with what we think God wants.  When, in truth, all He
desires is for us to believe Him - to know in our hearts that He didn't lie to us.  All the Father wants is that we believe He
did what He said He would do for us - and what he declares He will do, because He is faithful and is not a man that He
should lie.

The Lord says our past is gone.  He won't ever bring it up to us again.  Our yesterday is nothing more than a memory
that now needs to be purged and erased from our minds.  Praise God forever!


What the Father has done for us in Jesus Christ of Nazareth is marvelous.  So wonderful, in fact, that it is hard for us to
seize it and live it out.  Yet that's what faith is - taking what God has declared in His written Word, accepting that Word
as spoken out of Jehovah's own mouth, and believe it regardless of what we think, feel, or see.

The Lord says we are forgiven; so we accept and believe that.  His Word settles the issue.  He says when we are saved,
we have heaven as our home.  He declares we are no longer strangers and foreigners but now belong in the household
of God.

Truly, the Blood of Jesus has brought us near to God (Ephesians 2:17).  That is so wonderful!  For the most part, the
Church does not cry out "Hallelujah!" because we do not know who we are or what Jesus has done for us.


Think how gracious the Lord is.  We have been alienated from the life of the Father through our ignorance of His mighty
Word.  But thank God, we are not going to remain that way.  We are going to walk in the Light of His Truth and change
from glory to glory.  We are free from the authority of darkness and have been translated into the Kingdom of His dear
Son - and we are going to walk that way.  Praise God!

The resurrection of Jesus is the guarantee of our justification.  Had he not risen from the grave, the payment for
justification would not have taken place.  But He did - He is alive.  His Blood has been shed.  And the Life of God in the
Blood that has been poured out on the mercy seat cries "Mercy" before the One Who gave Himself for us.


Because  Jesus lives, abundant life is ours.  Christ died that we could be separated from our past and walk in eternal life
while on this planet.  Amazingly, He chose to give us this higher life on this side of our physical death.  In other words,
we are loosed from sin, we are resurrected, and recreated back into the image of God with eternal life in our bosom
before we die physically.

Justification paid the debt we owed because of sin and released us from our past.  Because Jesus was our Substitute,
God saw us crucified on the Cross with Him.

So, in the light of all He has done for us, don't just "make it" - just barely living for God. Go overboard and live
abundantly.  Sell out to Him.  He surely did not withhold anything from us.

As wonderful as justification is for you and me, it's only the beginning.  Out of justification comes righteousness - God's
greatest gift to us through our Lord Jesus Christ.


YOUR ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, By Sandra G. Kennedy, Copyright 2004, LifeBridge Books.