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Guilty As Sin But Pardoned/ Forgiven

 

In the last four parts we saw the sin the viewpoint of God and the Law concerning sin and how God has provided the means to make a guilty person be"pardoned and forgiven"

The key to the point is that Jesus does all that He does on OUR BEHALF. In Adam humanity loses its "innocence" before its Creator but in Christ the ones who are "chosen before the foundation of the world" are given the "power" by faith through grace to "become" His children. To become... redeemed atoned for forgiven or more acurately and most encompassing the whole issue, Justified.

It has been said that "justified" could be seen as "just as if I had never sinned" But it goes way beyond that.

In The Old Testament we have the Hebrew word Chesed or Lovingkindness which is basically not getting what one deserves. But in the New Testament we have the Greek word Charis or Grace which is not only not getting what one deserves but also getting in a positive direction what one does not deserve. So on the one hand we dont get the wrath and curse of God which our sins tresspasses and transgressions so richely deserve but on the other we also get God's favor and blessing which we admittedly dont deserve. After all we are His Creation and we already owed a debt of Worship and gratitude for just existing. But then in our deadness of trespass He sends His Son to die and pay the "Debt note of sin" in our place. Then He buries His "hatchet" having spent His considerable wrath out on His own Son, in our place and actually makes Peace with us who are until we are Regenerated and Born out of God in redemption, still His enemies! Now we owe and even greater dbet of gratitude to the One who agreed to all it took to procure our Justification.

Wikipedia says this: Justification is: "justification is God's act of removing the guilt and penalty of sin while at the same time making a sinner righteous through Christ's atoning sacrifice." This is the Propitiation Expiation Ransom aspect of removing the sin. Then the Reconciliation Redemption is what makes for the Atonement. All this effects the Justification.

Sometimes you just find the right person to say what you want better than you can. https://www.crossway.org/articles/a-systematic-theology-of-justification/ but I will be adding my comments.

Justification means to declare righteous, not to make righteous (in the sense of transforming one’s character to be righteous). It is a metaphor from the law court, where a judge pronounces someone as either guilty or not guilty. Paul contrasts condemning (pronouncing guilty) and justifying (pronouncing not guilty but righteous) in Romans 8:33–34
(33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.)

“Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn?” (cf. Rom. 5:18  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.; 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.)

God “justifies the ungodly” (Rom. 4:5 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.) in that he legally declares ungodly people to be innocent and righteous—not in that he transforms ungodly people into godly people.


A NOTE HERE: Imputation vs Impartation. To be imputed is a declarative position of having the estate or caracteristic of one thing or one person declared over another. To recieve impartation is the actual transferance of the estate or characteristic of the one thing or person upon the other. So then in Justification we have the Righteousness of Christ IMPUTED to us whereas in Sanctification we are actually being made to PARTAKE of the aspects of Christ which are not Immutable. We can never be Omnipotent Omnipresent or Omnicient but we can bear the "fruit of the Holy Spirit" whose characteristics are the same as Christ's. This whole process sets us up to take advantage of our Adoption as Sons of God.

Justification includes forgiveness (Rom. 4:6–8
6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.).

When God justifies believing sinners, He forgives those sinners’ “lawless deeds” and covers their sins and no longer will count their sins against them.

Justification includes imputation (Rom. 4:1–8
1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?

2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

5:15–19
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.).

Justification is a blessing because God imputes Christ’s righteousness to the believing sinner. God does not merely cancel a sinner’s guilt and declare that the sinner is innocent (neutral). God imputes Christ’s righteousness to the believing sinner’s account and declares that the sinner is righteous (positive). That is why “the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works” experiences a “blessing” (Rom. 4:66 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, cf. Rom. 4:7–9
Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness)

“As by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made [i.e., have the status of] righteous” (Rom. 5:1919 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.). 
Thank you Andrew David Naselli

Justification is a Declared position, you are declared Right Before God, Pardoned, Forgiven; but NOT innocent! In regeneration which is the action of the Holy Spirit upon the human spirit in applying the Cross work of Christ in what is called Effectual Salvation. This then causes the declaration of Justification to be pronounced. Meanwhile we are still GUILTY AS SIN! But Jesus paid for all that was required to PARDON US.

Sanctification then is the work of making the Declared Justified become Holy. It has been referred to as the "Holying Process". This is how we can be:

Guilty As Sin but Pardoned/ Forgiven!

Think about it.

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