Just as If I’d Never Sinned

justified

When I was younger, I was taught this simple mnemonic to help remember what it means to be “justified.”

Justified = “Just as If I’d” Never Sinned.

As a youth, it’s difficult to sort out all the big words like justification, sanctification, redemption, etc. As adults, we sometimes complicate things and forget the simple answers. Sometimes Satan tries to trip us up. Satan reminds us of our flaws and failures; he tells us that we are still hopeless and broken.

As usual, Satan starts with a grain of truth: we are still imperfect and flawed. But we are NOT without hope, and when we are in Christ Jesus, we are no longer defined by our flaws and failures.

Not only does the Holy Spirit enable us to grow in the likeness of Jesus to overcome our weaknesses (through continual exercising of our spiritual muscles,) but the Bible reminds us again and again that through repentance we are washed CLEAN of our past sins and failures. In Christ, we are justified.

JUST AS IF I’D NEVER SINNED. 

– For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:11-12

– If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

– Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7

Flawless

We may not be truly flawless on our own, but when God looks at us through the blood of Jesus Christ, that’s what He sees. As only God can do, the blood of Jesus ran red and our sins washed white: freedom found through the ultimate sin sacrifice. Let nothing steal that truth from you.

Let me leave you with a favorite song of mine, “Flawless” by MercyMe. Be encouraged, and remember that it’s Jesus that makes us whiter than snow!

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Amber Oliver

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