Topic: Divine Acquittal written by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (D.Sc., D.D.). President of Loveworld Inc [Christ Embassy International]
The Bible says Jesus wasn’t only delivered to death on account of your sins, He was also raised back to life for your justification (Romans 4:25). What does it means to be justified? The word translated “Justified” means to be acquitted and declared righteous; it is to be declared “not guilty”; free of guilt.
Therefore, in the mind of justice, there’re no charges against you! The mystery of divine acquittal beats human imagination. How can a man be acquittal in an onward and permanent way? How is that possible?
In natural justice, you’re only acquitted today from charges of past offenses; you can’t be acquitted from charges of future offenses. There’s a badge on you everywhere you go that says “Acquitted!”
Read the theme verse again. It says, “Therefore being justified by faith…” (Romans 5:1). What is faith? The Bible says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). You don’t apply faith for what’s behind you, or what you already have with you. Therefore, “being justified by faith” means, from this moment, you’ve entered into the future with divine acquittal.
It’s the result of what Jesus did. Now you can further appreciate when He said in Colossians 1:21-22: “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies i your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled…to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.”
You’re holy, unblameable and unreproveable in His sight. This is the way God sees you. Why would anyone want to live in sin when they understand this truth? You’re too holy, too righteous, too clean, and too pure: this is what God has given you as a gift!
He declared Himself to be righteous in granting you divine acquittal for believing in Jesus: “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Romans 3:26)
(Romans 5: 20-21) 20. The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21. so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Romans 5:17 AMPC) 17 For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
(Acts 13:38-39) 38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: 39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
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