Justified into Sainthood - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Justified into Sainthood

 

March 13

 

Read Romans 3:23-26 (ESV)

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

 

Reflect

When you hear the word “saint” what do you think of? Who qualifies as a saint in your eyes?

 

Do you consider yourself a saint? If you are a believer in Jesus Christ and you don’t identify with the term “saint,” you should. Let me explain.

 

We often think that in order for people to be considered saints they have to be practically perfect people. By definition, saints are holy people and we don’t consider humans to be holy. In fact, today’s passage explicitly says that all humans are sinners. So how can sinners be saints?

 

Another misconception is that only individuals like Saint Paul (who wrote today’s passage) and have been canonized by the Catholic church for their outstanding contributions to the faith can be considered saints. But that is not how Paul used the term saints. In fact, Paul addressed many of his letters to the saints in the particular cities he was writing to. How could he possibly call so many sinful people saints?

 

The answer lies in justification. Romans 3:23-26 explains that yes, all are sinners, but we can all be justified by His grace through our faith in Jesus Christ. God declares us to be righteous before Him not because we are righteous, but because we put our faith in Jesus’s redemptive work on the cross on our behalf.

 

Imagine that you are in a courtroom and the defendants are all of humanity. God is the judge so you know He will judge rightly. You know that you are just as guilty as everyone else. So you brace yourself for the sentence you know you deserve—death. But Jesus steps in. He offers to receive the death penalty in your place (and in the place of everyone else who accepts His offer). You accept! Thus, God declares you holy and righteous and clears your record. Jesus however, is put to death in your place. His blood justifies you (or makes you right) in the eyes of the only Righteous Judge. Your record changes from guilty to innocent. From sinner to saint.

 

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ and have accepted His offer to pay the penalty for your sins, you are a saint. Jesus died in your place. Now you are justified as holy and made righteous in God’s eyes. What a gift! Friend, through faith in Christ’s justification, you have gone from sinner to saint. Embrace that truth today.

 

Pray

Jesus, sometimes it’s hard for me to identify as a saint. I don’t feel like a holy person because I know my sin. But I accept Your work on the cross on my behalf. I am extremely grateful to be justified and made holy in Your sight, Lord. Thank You. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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Thanks pastor nat, you connect the dots very nicely. this is a very simple message and yet , made very complicated . One group insists, do this or that. Another, want to be exclusive by membership.. I’m so excited when I think of how he loves us without anything we can do about it. YBIC
Thank you Lord. I believe.
Thank lord Jesus. Amen
*THANKYOUJESUS@*
I thank God for His mercy!
Lord I feel so unworthy of your sacrifice, Amen🙏🏽
Thank you God for sending your son for dying for my sins.
Amen!
Wouldn’t be great to live holy lives by the power of the Holy Spirit and not have to humbly admit that you sinned again? I long to be a saint that truly can live holy in honor of the Lord Jesus. Every morning I come to you Jesus needing to repent of my sinful ways. And the amazing truth is that you do forgive me, die for me and I am justified because of you. Oh Lord I love you help me love you enough to die to myself and be guided by your word and Spirit to glorify you. Thank you Jesus. Amen
Amen it's encouraging blessed thank you lord for forgiving and justfying me
I love this. I can relate, in the sense that I didn't consider myself a saint. It was for the reason mentioned above too. Thank GOD for Jesus, and thank Jesus for my salvation.
Thank you Lord for saving and forgiving me.
Your explanation of the transformation from sinner to saint is one that fits a description of my personal life. So thank you Pastor Nat for breaking it down for me and thank You Lord Jesus for taking the rap for me.
Amen
This is why we need aSavor, to cleanse from our sins.
Thank You Lord Jesus for everything you've done for me
Amazing love, mercy, and grace.
Yes, what a precious gift ! Thank God for His unmerited favor.
Praise God. It is at times hard to believe God could love and care enough for ME to allow Christ's blood to pay for my sins. I am so very grateful..
Thank you Lord that I was a sinner, but by your sacrifice on the cross and my acceptance of your finished work on the cross, I stand redeemed and justified. You have clothed me with the garments of righteousness and now I am a saint and am being sanctified by your Spirit and will be glorified
Thank you God I'm a sinner saved by grace. Thank God also for loving so much.
I have never had God's gift of salvation explained like this before. It gives me a deeper understanding of what it meant and means to me that Jesus died for me and took away the sins of the world. Oh, Lord what a Mighty God we serve!!! Thank you Jesus!!!
Thank you, Jesus. Your gift of salvation is above human comprehension. We may not fully understand all that it means in Your sight, but what we do comprehend, is Your love for us. Amen
Amen
Thank you, Lord for your sacrifice which brings me salvation. Amen.
How uplifting to know that Jesus loves us so much, he gave his life so I can live and then to be called a saint because I believe. Wow!!
Amén. I am a saint because I am forgiven by Jesus Christ blood.