n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - An assessment of justification according to Romans 4:25 : research article

Volume 94, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



In Romans 4, we read, The first part of the statement explains that Jesus died for our forgiveness, while the second part links His resurrection with our justification. Christ's death is not by itself enough to justify us without God's pardon. When Christ suffered and died, He was judged by God, and He was condemned to death in our place. When God resurrected Him again, we were acquitted by God in Christ's person. Christ justified us and declared us to be pure and innocent in Him. God's absolved all of humanity through total agape. It was for the reason that the justifying work was finished that resurrection was made possible. Failing this, we would all remain under the supremacy of death. The crucifixion of Jesus is not sufficient basis for our justification without God's pardoning of our sins but when Jesus died at Golgotha, His words, "It is finished" were a declaration that His atonement for the sins of the world was comprehensive. Paul states in Romans 4:23-25, that the gospel as demonstrated in the life of Abraham, was not just for him, but for all those who trust in God who raised our Lord Jesus from the dead.

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