Justification is a legal, term.

It describes what God DECLARES  about the believer, not what He DOES to change the believer.

It is a divine judicial edict. It addresses only our legal status, but it guarantees other changes will follow.

This legal edict on God’s part is final and irreversible. He declares the guilty sinner forgiven AND declares him right before His perfect law. It is made when the ungodly sinner turns from trusting in any religious acts or his own good deeds and places all his confidence in Christ and His death on the cross alone for his right standing before God.

“…being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed… Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.— Romans 3:21-30

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