Justify – Hebrew: sapat

Justify – Luke 16:15

Hebrew – sapat שפט means to judge, deliver, rule, the accomplishing of a sentence

Greek – dikaiosis means acquittal as from a crime (such as a life of sin)

“He said to them, ‘You people make yourselves look righteous (free from sin) to others, but God knows your hearts.  What people regard highly is an abomination before God!” (CJB).

“He said to them, ‘You are the ones who justify (acquit) yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts.  What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight’” (NIV).

Justified – Romans 5:1

Greek – dikaioo – to deem to be right

Vines, page 339, “Justification is primarily and gratuitously by faith, subsequently and evidentially by works.  The so-called contradiction between James and Paul is only apparent.  There is harmony in the different views of the subject.  Paul has in mind Abraham’s attitude toward God, his acceptance of God’s word (davar) and not on his character or actions, but a contrast between faith and the lack of it, namely unbelief.  The contrast between faith that is real and faith that is false, a faith that is barren and dead, which is not faith at all is the actions of obedience that result because of that faith.”

“So since we have come to be considered righteous (deemed to be right) by God because of our trust, let us continue to have shalom with God through our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah” (CJB).

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord, Messiah Yeshua” (NIV).

Justification is the first step in faith.  It brings peace with God.  Yet, being justified is not the end of the journey; only the beginning.  To stop at justification is just receiving your ‘get out of death row’ card.  A truly repentant individual will appreciate the card and the judge who gave it to him and change his lifestyle to one worthy of being ‘set free’ from the ‘law of sin that leads to death.’

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