Matt. 12:17 For by your words shall you be justified, and by your words shall you be condemned. (That if you shall confess with your mouth, Romans 10:9 & And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony… Rev. 12:11)
Luke 16:15 And He said unto them, you are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God (Are we doing that which man thinks is right in order to be justified in the sight of man, or are we seeking to be justified by what Christ has done for us on the Cross).
Luke 18:11-13 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this Publican.
I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all I possess.
And the publican standing far off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
I tell you this man went down to his house justified rather than the other….
(The Pharisee thought he was justified by the things which he was doing, but Jesus said he did not go down to his house justified.
It was the Publican that approached God in humility, knowing that he was not only not worthy but was incapable of making himself worthy. So he simply approached God asking God for mercy, and it was this humble approach for mercy that brought God’s justification.)
Acts 13:39 And by Him (Christ and what He did on the Cross) all who believe are justified from all things (all things, not just some things) from which you could not be justified by the Law of Moses. (Nobody has ever been justified by the doing of the Law of Moses, How much less can we be expected to be justified by Laws of our own making or laws made up by Church denomination)
Romans 2:13 For not the hearers of the Law are just before God but the doers of the Law shall be justified (Acts 13:39, which we have just covered, and Romans 3:20, explain that we cannot be justified by the doing of Law. This scripture, Rom. 2:13 is given this way to show that man by his own means, “has no hope of being justified,” and because hearing the Law will not do it and man is incapable of the doing of the Law [Romans 3:20, Therefore, by the deeds of the Law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight]: hence we all need the only justification that is possible, i.e., that which comes by Faith in Christ and Him Crucified, 1Cor. 6:11 & Gal. 3:11 & Romans 4:1-8 & Phil. 3:9).
Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by His Grace through the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Then we have Romans 11:6 And if by Grace, then it is no more of works: otherwise Grace is no more Grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more Grace: otherwise work is no more work. (These verses make it very clear that justification comes by God’s Grace and therefore cannot be attributed to works).
Romans 3:28 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the Circumcision by Faith and the uncircumcision through Faith.
Romans 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he has wereof to glory, but not before God.
Romans 4:5 But to him who works not but believes on Him Who Justifies the ungodly, his Faith is counted for Righteousness.
Romans 5:1 Therefore, being justified by Faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (And Romans 5:9 Tells us just how that justification was afforded. It says, “Much more then, being now justified by His Blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him”).
1 Cor. 6:11 And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (All this work is done by the Holy Spirit , which work He attends because of the Blood of Christ and because of our Faith in His finished work).
Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law, but by the Faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ that we might be justified by the Faith of Christ and not by the works of the Law: for by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified. (If the works of the law cannot justify us, how can any other work we may do justify us).
Galatians 3:5 And, the scripture forseeing that God would ‘justify the heathen through Faith,’ preached before the Gospel unto Abraham saying, in you shall the nations be blessed.
Galatians 3:11 But that no man is justified by the Law in the sight of God it is evident, for ‘the just shall live by Faith.’
Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the Law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, ‘that we might be justified by faith.’
Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the Law; you are fallen from Grace.
Titus 3:7 That being justified by His Grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
James 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he had offered Isaac his son upon the alter? (This verse seems to be contrary to every other verse which tells how we are justified. However, we know that the Word of God does not contradict itself; therefore we know that our first impression of what this verse is saying must be wrong. Not that what James said is wrong, but that our interpretation and understanding is wrong.
First, let’s look at James 2:23. This is just two verses later and James says, “And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for Righteousness.”
Now if we look back to Genesis, and the life of Abraham, we see that it was in Genesis 15:6 where we find, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for Righteousness.”
Looking at the time when Abraham would offer up his son, let’s first look at Genesis 22:1 “And it came to pass after these things that God did tempt Abraham [the Greek word translated into tempt is ‘Pieraza,’ and it’s literal meaning, according to Youngs Analytical Concordance, is to ‘test’ or ‘prove’] and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, behold, here I am. 2 And He [God] said, take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a Burnt Offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell you of.”
Now even though this was done to test and prove Abraham, it was not a test to prove to God that Abraham was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, as is often thought: for God knew all along precisely how willing Abraham would be, for God knows ‘all’ things. The test was to prove to Abraham himself, just how willing he was to do whatever God told him to do. In other words this whole test proved to Abraham himself how important it was for him to walk pleasing unto the Lord.
The very word “justified” as it appears in all of these scriptures, was translated from the Greek word dikaioo and the literal meaning according to Youngs Analytical Concordance is “to make or declare right.”
Anytime someone does something that is not right we must realize that there is nothing we can possible do that can change that wrong thing into something right: For example, let’s say someone goes out and robs a bank of a hundred thousand dollars, killing a man in the effort, then sends the money to charities because at the last minute he does not want to be caught with the money. Now, no matter what this man does, his works can never make him to be declared right in the eyes of the Law concerning what he has done. He can spend the next 50 years going about doing good, giving to people in need, helping everyone he can with whatever problem they have: still, he will not ever be declared right because he has not paid the price required by the Law to make himself right. The only way he can now be declared right [or justified] is to pay the penalty required by the Law for the thievery and murder.
This is what Jesus Christ did for us, i.e., He paid the required penalty for our broken Law, and thereby justified us so that we are declared not guilty and totally innocent before God.
Nothing we can do of ourselves, regardless of how good, right, kind, or generous it might be, has any power whatsoever to bring us into a position of justification).
Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s Righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the Righteousness of God.
4 For Christ is the end of the Law for Righteousness to everyone who believes.
The Christian of today starts out ‘not being ignorant of God’s Righteousness,’ realizing that it is by His Righteousness (the Righteousness afforded by our faith in Christ and His shed Blood) that they are made Righteousness in God’s sight.
However, what does happen to the Christian today is that when they sin (and they will sin), and because sinning is the last thing we want to do, that after asking forgiveness, we will set out to find a way to not ever commit that sin again, If what we do in this effort is not faith, trust, and reliance in Christ as the method of defeating that sin problem, then what we do, whatever it is, is ‘setting aside God’s Righteousness,’ and going about to establish, or rather perpetuate, our own righteousness by the use of whatever law we may design as a means to stop that sin. At this point we are setting up whatever we plan to do to stop the sin, as an object of our faith.
We are to look to Christ alone; not only for salvation, but as the ‘only remedy for sin,’ because if sin could be overcome by any kind of work that we may perform, then our victory over sin would not be by GRACE, but by SELF.
This is why Jesus said that we are to deny our SELF, take up our Cross (Faith in what Christ did thereon), daily, Luke 9:23.
This is not just something to be done at the time of salvation, but must be done daily. On a daily basis we look to Christ as the only remedy for whatever sin the devil may throw at us, never looking to what SELF can do, for SELF can do nothing as it concerns overpowering sin.