“Therefore, having been JUSTIFIED by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Rom 5:1-2)
God will justify any man, woman or child who will come to Him through faith. Faith in Christ is to believe what God declares in His Word regarding the person and work of Jesus. Faith in Christ means
believing that Jesus is the eternal Son of God come in the flesh (not the false teaching of the JWs). It is to believe that He died on the cross ONCE for sin (not the false teaching of the RCC that He is crucified “spiritually” at every mass, or that there is a purgatory). It is to acknowledge that I am a sinner (what the Bible calls repentance). It is to come to God through Christ ALONE (not the false teaching of religion that “good works” can merit salvation). And, God WILL justify all who come to Him through faith in Christ. There will be no judgment, no condemnation and no purgatory.
Why is this so? It is because Christ becomes the believer’s substitute. It is not that God overlooks sin. He can’t! As our substitute, our sin was placed upon Christ and the just penalty for sin was paid in full by Him at the cross. Salvation is offered as a gift but the cost was so very great. The Father gave His beloved Son to die for us, unworthy sinners. Jesus paid a price we could never pay. Only a perfect sacrifice could satisfy a perfectly holy God.
But to return to our question from last week .. How can God accept Christ’s payment for sin on behalf of the one who comes to God by faith in Christ? It is because God identifies the believer with Christ. God places the believer into Christ. Now, instead of being condemned “in Adam” the believer is now justified “in Christ.”
Because of the believer’s union with Christ, Christ’s death becomes the believer’s death. Christ’s resurrection becomes the believer’s resurrection. The believer is “seated in the heavenly places IN CHRIST” (Eph 2:6).