“To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” Rom. 3:26
Man's JUDICIAL RESTORATION to God is indicated by the great word justification. The term is forensic (scientific tests or techniques used in connection with the detection of crime.). Behind it lays the fact of law, (Deut. 25:1) and also the profounder fact of justice. (Deut. 25:1) The greatest problem in man's redemption was that of how it was possible for God to be just and yet to justify the sinner. (Rom. 3:26) The answer is to be found in the restoration of man in Christ Jesus. In the mystery of the Master's passion He endured what was not His due. Considering this for a moment without reference to the need of the sinner, it is immediately seen how that in the realm of law, and in the presence of the eternal principle of justice, these sufferings created a value which was not required by the One Who suffered, and apart from the fact of man’s sin, is an over plus in the working of the Infinite Order. This value has been created for those who have violated law, and is placed at the disposal of all such. Those receiving the benefit by submission to, and trust in, the Savior, are thus so far as the guilt of sin is concerned, justified before God and made near to Him.
Yet again, by thus cancelling sin the perfection of the life of Jesus is made to count for others also, and God IMPUTES (credits) it to those for whom the value of His death has cancelled the guilt of sin. This union with Christ is wrought by the Holy Spirit in the communication of life. This is done when man, under the conviction of the Spirit, believes in Christ, so that God may be "just, and the Justifier of him that has faith in Jesus." (Rom. 3:26) Man exercising faith in Christ, has imputed (credited) to him by the grace of God the value created by Christ's death, for pardon; and all the perfection of Christ's life for righteousness. Therefore the sinner standing in Jesus is a sinner no longer, but a SAINT and is called such numerous times, separated in Christ to God, and so restored. He has NO GUILT; that is cancelled. He has RIGHTEOUSNESS; that is bestowed. Such a one is restored to God, because the reasons of his exclusion are all removed. THE SWORD GUARDING THE WAY TO THE TREE OF LIFE BECOMES THE LIGHT OF TRUTH, ILLUMINATING THE ENTIRE PATHWAY. THE VEIL ENCLOSING THE HOLY OF HOLIES, AND EXCLUDING MAN, BEING RENT, BECOMES THE GLORIOUS PORTAL TO THE INNER PLACES OF FULLEST COMMUNION. From that point forward neither hell, nor earth, nor heaven can condemn the trusting soul, for in Christ Jesus every claim has been fully met, and every provision perfectly made.