Justified from all Things
By Henry Morris
"And by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses" (Acts 13:39).
Many Christians today tend to the doctrine of justification as something too "theological" to deal with. But it simply means "declaring to be righteous" a person who had actually been guilty of some offense. It is the prerogative of the judge trying his case to pronounce innocence or guilt as based on the evidence. In the case of sin against a divine law "It is God that justifieth" (Romans 8:33), for He is the Judge.
But how can God both "be just, and the justifier" of one who is obviously guilty—as, indeed, we all are, since "all have sinned" (Romans 3:26,23)? The answer is that we are "justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins . . ." (Romans 3:24-25). Christ has credited His perfect righteousness to our account and paid the death penalty for all our sins.
We are told in the Scripture above cited (Romans 3:24) that we are justified by His grace. Then Romans 5:1 says we are "justified by faith" and Romans 5:9 says we are "justified by His blood." Finally, we are justified by the Holy Spirit. "Ye are washed, . . . sanctified, . . . justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God" (I Corinthians 6:11).
And all of this is absolutely guaranteed by Christ's victory over death. "Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification" (Romans 4:25). As our text assures us, "all that believe are justified from all things" in the eyes of God. In the eyes of men, however, "By works a man is justified, and not by faith only" (James 2:24). HMM
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I have to agree with Noel, the scriptures are plain that ALL have sinned and that there is NONE righteous.
All means all and none means none, we can not define words to mean all and none in a general sense.
Enoch walking with God and was not for God took him does not imply sinlessness, it only implies Enoch did what God required to have his sins forgiven by God.
The same for us if we sin God requires us to confess, repent and make good if we offended or sined against our brother or sister to be forgiven, once we have fulfilled our requirement we are forgiven.
If we say we have no sin we lie and the truth is not in us...
Alvis, All means "all" in the case of Romans 3:23, for "ther is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10). That Enoch "walked with God" (Genesis 5:24) does not mean he was without sin, for Noah "walked with God" (Genesis 6:9) also, and we know that he committed the sin of drunkeness (Genesis 9:21). In fact we are called to walk with God as well. "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to WALK HUMBLY WITH THY GOD?" (Micah 6:8). And this we can do when we are born of the Spirit of God and in fellowship with HIm. "And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and WALK IN THEM; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people" (2 Corinthians 6:16).
When the scriptures say that "all have sinned" this can only mean in a general sense. The reason is because there were those who had not sinned and a good example is Enoch. He walked with God and was not.