Who Will Be Justified Before God?

Who Will Be Justified Before God?
I recently asked a local religious leader who would be justified before 
God at the judgment seat of Christ (John 5:21-22)? To which he replied, 
“I believe all good people will be in heaven.” To which I said, “What is 
the basis or root cause of goodness?” The religious man said, “He 
thought that the standard to which we would gain eternal heaven was 
based upon how many goods works we produced.” This man, like most 
religious lost people have no concept what God Almighty requires (Gal. 
3:10). Because God is Holy and all men sinful, the best we can produce 
will never satisfy His demand (Isa. 64:6). The scriptures plainly and 
powerfully proclaim that, “there is none good, no not one” (Rom. 
3:9-12). Certainly, any thinking person would see that creature merit 
and righteousness is excluded in the scheme of God’s salvation. The only 
way any guilty sinner can be justified before God is to have a perfect 
justifying righteousness provided by God Himself without any 
contribution from the sinner (Rom. 4:1-7). This indeed is the good news 
of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is based upon His 
performance not ours (Psalm 57:2). No wonder the apostle said, “Yea 
doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the 
knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of 
all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be 
found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, 
but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which 
is of God by faith: (Phil. 3:8-9).

If any man thinks that he is justified before God by his good works he 
is tragically and dreadfully mistaken (2Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5). What a 
horrible rebuke of the effectual, substitutionary sacrifice and perfect 
obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ, to entertain thoughts of self glory, 
self righteousness and self salvation (Phil. 2:6-9; Luke 16:15). Paul 
made this very argument to the Galatians church. “I do not frustrate the 
grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead 
in vain” (Gal. 2:21).

The Lord Jesus Christ alone is all any sinner needs to stand in God’s 
presence justified. Those in Christ by sovereign adoption, effectual 
calling, powerful regeneration and saving faith have no other hope 
(2Thes. 2:13-16) nor ground on which to stand. Some might ask, “Is the 
Lord Jesus Christ enough?” If the Lord Jesus Christ is all you have, God 
says that is enough! Here is one of many scriptures that tell us this 
blessed truth, “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead 
bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all 
principality and power” (Col. 2:9-10).

Tom Harding

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