Both Judge and Justifier

We had a really good conversation last week in one of the detention centers about justification. Justification is being declared righteous in God’s sight on account of Christ’s perfect life and death. I posed the question: who will stand as your Judge on the last day? Most answered the Father. In truth the Son is the one we will stand before in judgment (Matt 25: 31-34, Jn 5:22-23, Acts 10:42, 17:30-31, Rom 2:16). This should transform that final scene in our thinking. Our Judge is the one who has justified us already. This is the thrust of Romans 8:31-34. Who can accuse and who can condemn us when the one judging us is the one who died, rose, and intercedes for us now! Jesus is our judge, advocate, and righteousness on the last day. We can stand with confidence as that day draws near if we are trusting in the sufficiency of the work of Jesus (1 Jn 4:17-18).

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