Romans 4:23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
The celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a wonderful reminder of how good it is to know that we are at peace with God. Romans 4:25 declares how this peace came to be, “Who was delivered for our offences and was raised again for our justification Now Jesus couldn’t have been resurrected, of course, if God had not accepted His atoning sacrifice for our sins (our offences) but His resurrection is proof that God did. Thank God we don’t have to pay the price for our offences but someone paid it for us and it was paid in full.
Jesus was also raised for our justification. So what does “justification” mean or what does it mean to be justified by God? A common definition is that justification means “just as if I had never sinned.” There is a certain amount of truth in this but the word “justify” means even more. It is taken from the Greek root word “righteous” so it has to do with righteousness. It describes a legal term in a court of law used as the act of declaring that a person is righteous. It is a legal declaration of innocence after the examination of the facts and evidence of a case.
This is not the same as just being pardoned or forgiven. A pardoned man, though guilty, might be let go, and not have to pay the penalty for his crime. A justified man is declared innocent of any wrong doing or you could say proven innocent. A “not guilty verdict” is rendered in his behalf. We are acquitted or freed from a criminal charge by a verdict of “not guilty.”
All of this was done because of Jesus. He was judged in our place. Our sins were imputed or credited to Him. Just as our sins were taken from us and placed into His account while He was on the cross, so in the same way, the righteousness of Christ is put to our account when we believe in Him. On this basis, we are justified – declared to be righteous. Because we’ve been made righteous, we can now live right or “Awake unto righteousness and sin not (1 Corinthians 15:34).” That’s true freedom.