A Good Foundation | cfcindia, Bangalore
Justification is a free gift of God. No man can be justified before God on the basis of his own works. One extreme of error therefore is to say, "Let us seek to be righteous in order to be justified by God."
There is however an opposite extreme of error too. And that is to say, "If we are elected and justified, then it doesn't matter even if we sin now." Those who take sin lightly, because they think that God has elected and justified them, would thereby prove that they are not among God's elect at all. (Compare Romans 4:5 with James 2:24).
Once we are sure that we have been elected and justified, Satan's accusations will lose their effect on us. For if "God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31). Never again in our life need we feel that we are condemned or rejected by God.
"Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the One Who justifies" (Romans 8:33). Hallelujah!
Such is the good news of the gospel! It is not surprising then that Satan has kept many believers from knowing that they have been elected and justified by God.
- Zac Poonen, A Good Foundation
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