Friday, November 15, 2013

"The Just One"

      "The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17).

     When the Bible references "the just," it literally means "the justified."  "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1).

     There is, however, one exception.

Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted?  And they have slain them which showed before of the coming of the Just One" (Acts 7:52).

     The Lord Jesus Christ required no justification because He "did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth" (I Peter 2:22).  He is therefore the Just One.  He alone comprises humanity as God made us to be, and is, in fact, the only truly human being who ever lived.  All others fail to meet the test of humanity according to the Divine standard and definition.  The Just One must serve as the means by which God justifies those who believe in the Lord Jesus (I Corinthians 6:11).

    In our future heavenly glorification, we will become fully human.  We will exist as God intended humanity to be in accordance with His eternal purpose in Christ.  We will be just.  However, we will forever know how completely dependent we were on the Lord Jesus to save us from sin unto the righteousness of perfectly fulfilling the reason for our existence.  Thus, the justified will love, worship, honor, adore, and obey the Just One as both our Maker and our Redeemer.  The Lord Jesus is "the firstborn from the dead," that is, He originated a race of human beings eternally alive in His life (Colossians 1:18).  One perfect Son fostered multitudes of perfected sons and daughters who bear His nature, character, and way.  Thus, as man, our Savior is united with us in a union so near that the Apostle Paul declared, "He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit" (I Corinthians 6:17).  Nevertheless, the Lord Jesus forever holds the distinctive role and place as the only human being so right that He makes others righteous, and so just that He justifies.  He is the Just One.

For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."
(Hebrews 2:10)

"He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence."
(Colossians 1:18)

Weekly Memory Verse

   Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day.
(Psalm 25:5)

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