Romans 5:9 NKJV
“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”
JUSTIFIED means "just as if I've never sinned".
The root (Greek) Word for justification is "dikaios". This word means "In Right Standing" with God. This is also used for the word "righteousness". So, justification and righteousness is interchangeable.
II Corinthians 5:21 says,
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
In other words: Jesus received what we deserve, so we can receive what HE deserves!! Here are 3 benefits of being JUSTIFIED.
1. I’M IN RIGHT STANDING WITH HEAVEN BECAUSE I’M JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD.
What does it mean to have right standing with a bank? It means that you have good credit.
If you have poor credit, what do you need to do to get a loan? You need a co-signer. This is someone who takes responsibility for your debt in order for you to have access to funds. Because of their sacrifice, I have RIGHT STANDING with the bank! NONE OF US HAVE GOOD ENOUGH SPIRITUAL CREDIT TO ACCESS THE PROMISES OF GOD! When JESUS SHED HIS BLOOD, HE CO-Signed for us to access spiritual funds (the promises of God).
2. I CAN OPERATE IN AUTHORITY BECAUSE I’M JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD.
“For if by the one man’s offense, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)” Romans 5:17 NKJV
RECEIVING RIGHTEOUSNESS causes us to REIGN! This doesn't mean there will be no battles, this means whatever is thrown at me I CAN OVERCOME because I'm in right standing with God.
“For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.” Proverbs 24:16 NKJV
3. MY PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED BECAUSE I’M JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD.
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16-18 NKJV
It is your right standing (righteousness) that causes your prayers to avail much! Friends, let’s let’s come into faith & walk out the benefits of our righteousness!