Justification

We teach that justification before God is an act of God (Romans 8:33 ) by which He declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins (Luke 13:3 ; Acts 2:38 ; 3:19 ; 11:18 ; Romans 2:4 ; 2 Corinthians 7:10 ; Isaiah 55:6-7 ) and confess Him as sovereign Lord (Romans 10:9-10 ; 1 Corinthians 12:3 ; 2 Corinthians 4:5 ; Philippians 2:11 ). This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man (Romans 3:20 ; 4:6 ) and involves the imputation of our sins to Christ (Colossians 2:14 ; 1 Peter 2:24 ; 2 Corinthians 5:21 ) and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us (1 Corinthians 1:30 ; 2 Corinthians 5:21 ). By this means God is enabled to “be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26 ).