‘Justification’ is one of those “religious” words that is also a part of our everyday vernacular. But there is still a great deal of confusion surrounding the biblical use of this term. This teaching will help bring some clarification to how justification relates to salvation.
“justify”(v.) = צדק (tzadak) = δικαιόω (dikaio)
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“justification”(n.) = δικαίωσις (dikaiosis)2x
Romans 4:25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
Romans 5:18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness (δικαιώματος) leads to justification (δικαίωσιν) and life for all men.
The noun + verb forms of this Greek word occur 131x in the Apostolic scriptures (85x by Paul alone)
Our “police record” has been expunged. But repairs still need to be made, and our soul still requires correction.
Revelation 22:11 “… and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and let the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.”
1st app. – Genesis 38:26 Then Judah identified them and said, “She is more righteous [צדק, tzedek] than I …”
2nd app. – Genesis 44:16 So Judah said, “What can we say to my lord? What can we speak? And how can we justify [צדק, tzedek] ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants; behold, we are my lord’s slaves, both we and the one in whose possession the cup has been found.”
Leviticus 19:36 “You shall have just [צדק, tzedek] balances, just [צדק, tzedek] weights, a just [צדק, tzedek] ephah, and a just [צדק, tzedek] hin: I am Adonai your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.”
Deuteronomy 25:15 A full and fair [צדק, tzedek] weight you shall have, a full and fair [צדק, tzedek] measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that Adonai your God is giving you.
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