But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification – Romans 4:24-25
The above verse didn’t say Jesus Christ was delivered for our offences and was raised again for our forgiveness, even though that would have been wonderful. Rather, it says He was delivered for our offences, and raised back to life for our justification. How could that be? How could we (the offenders) be suddenly declared justified?
The answer is in the Apostle Paul’s explanation in Romans 3:26: “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”The Greek word translated justification is “dikaiōsis,” and it means acquittal. It’s a legal or formal declaration of innocence…
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