It Is God Who Justifies
Charles H. Spurgeon
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. - Romans 8:31-34
Do you not see—for I want to bring this out clearly, what a splendid thing it is—that none but God would think of justifying the ungodly, and none but God could do it? See how the apostle puts the challenge: “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth” (Romans 8:33 KJV). If God has justified a man it is well done, it is rightly done, it is justly done, it is everlastingly done. I read the other day in a print that is full of venom against the gospel and those who preach it that we hold some kind of theory by which we imagine that sin can be removed from men. We hold no theory, we publish a fact. The grandest facet under heaven is this—that Christ by His precious blood does actually put away sin and that God, for Christ’s sake, deals with men on terms of divine mercy, forgives the guilty and justifies them, but according to the riches of His own mercy. This we have preached, do preach, and will preach as long as we live. “It is God that justifieth”—that justifieth the ungodly; He is not ashamed of doing it, nor are we of preaching it.
The justification that comes from God Himself must be beyond question. If the judge acquits me, who can condemn me? If the highest court in the universe has pronounced me just, who shall lay anything to my charge? Justification from God is a sufficient answer to an awakened conscience. The Holy Spirit by His means breathes peace over our entire nature, and we are no longer afraid. With this justification we can answer all the roarings and railings of Satan and ungodly men. With this we shall be able to die: with this we shall bodily rise again and face the last great judgment.
Friend, the Lord can blot out all your sins. I make no shot in the dark when I say this, “All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men.” Though you are steeped up to your throat in crime, He can with a word remove the defilement and say, “I will: be thou clean.” The Lord is a great forgiver.
I believe in the forgiveness of sins. Do you?
Journal: Is there anything in my life I think I am not forgiven of?
What “roarings and railings” of the enemy am I hearing today? Why am I listening?
Prayer: Father in heaven, thank You for being the God that justifies. Thank You for Your gift of forgiveness of all my sins. Help me to truly believe that You have set me free, and guard my mind from hearing lies that somehow, Christ’s death on the cross was not enough to pay for my sins. Help me to live like someone who is truly clean and forgiven! In Jesus’ name, Amen.