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God Justifies and Adopts Those Who Receive Christ
Case 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Clue: 9

Question Answer
How can God justly declare a sinner to be "righteous"?

If my faith is in Jesus, I am united with Him. His righteousness counts for me, and God will not hold my sins against me. Philippians 3:9b – Found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ.

The Difference This Truth Makes
When Paul talks about being “found” in Him (in Christ), Paul is describing how God accepts and loves him in the same way God accepts and loves Jesus Christ. Since Paul was “in Christ,” he would enjoy forever the favor and blessing of God that Christ enjoys.

Since Paul was “in Christ,” he had been given the righteousness of Christ Himself. God demands absolute perfection in order for us to be accepted by Him. Nobody is perfect, except Christ. We need to have Christ’s perfection, His righteousness, given to us in order to be fit for heaven and right with God.

This kind of righteousness comes only by faith. When we believe in Christ, God declares us “righteous” because of Christ. The biblical term for God declaring us righteous
because of Christ is justification. When God justifies us, He views us just as if we had never sinned.

As Jesus Christ is the Son of God, so also those who are in Christ are the sons and daughters of God. This is because they are adopted through Christ into God’s family forever.