Job 25: Justification
Well, Job 25 is a pretty short chapter, but what is very interesting about it is that Job’s friend Bildad, even in this time that was long before Jesus, recognized that humanity needed someone to take away sin.
Job 25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
In a way, that is the question that all major world religions ask. How can we be justified before God? Some people would even ask if we need justification in the first place. However, for all of us who say that we need justification, how do we go about doing that?
First of all, it might be useful to define justification so that we are all on the same page. In a very basic form, justification in the theological sense talks about our forgiveness. It talks about how God forgives us, accepts as and ultimately declares us to be just.
Of course, this takes a little bit outside intervention.
Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
This is exactly why people are so concerned with faith. We are justified by our faith. What faith is that? We are talking about faith in Jesus Christ as the one that made justification possible.
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
I hope you see how this all fits together. We need justification. Even though we might say that we don’t, it is not hard to see that there is quite a bit of sin in the world. There is a lot of sin in the world.
However, we don’t have to provide our own justification. In fact, we could not do it. The only way it is possible is through our faith in Jesus. Since we are justified by Him, we will be saved by Him.
This is the good news of the Gospel.