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Romans 3:26

Jesus paid the price for our sins, and by faith in him we are justified.

The English words righteousness, just, and justifier are the noun, adjective, and verb forms of the Greek root word dike. Jesus does the action and He is the justifier (verb). We can add nothing. No amount of “doing good” on our part adds to our becoming just. We become just (adjective, describing our relationship with God) when we receive the free gift Jesus gives from His action (verb) of dying on the cross. When we become just (adjective) by receiving the free gift that stems from the action of Jesus justifying (verb), then we become righteous or just before God (noun). This is now our legal position before God.

We are just before God not because of what we have done, but because of what Jesus has done on our behalf as the one taking the action; Jesus is the justifier. Jesus can justify because he paid the price for our redemption (verse 24).

Biblical Text

26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.