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he title of these articles is “More   but they cannot justify them. An attempt
              Than Conquerors.” These words   on the part of the guilty to cancel their
        Tcome from Romans 8:37. We will       guilt by seeking to obey the Law of Moses
        be looking at Romans 5:12–8:31, the theme   is futile (3:20). Only God can justify the
        of which is how we, as believers in Christ,   guilty, and even He can only do it under
        can live victorious, Christ honouring lives.   the right conditions.
        Finally, we will examine Romans 12:1,2.  Paul goes on to state that we are “justi-
          The major theme of Paul’s epistle to the   fied freely by his grace through the re-
        Romans is justification by faith. In the   demption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom
        first three chapters Paul establishes the   God hath set forth to be a propitiation
        universal guilt of the total human race.   through faith in his blood, to declare his
        In 3:19 he states, “Now we know that   righteousness for the remission of sins that
        what things soever the law [i.e., the Law   are past, through the forbearance of God;
        of Moses] saith, it saith to them who are   To declare, I say, at this time his righteous-
        under the law: that every mouth may be   ness: that he might be just, and the justifier
        stopped, and all the world may become   of him which believeth in Jesus” (3:24-26).
        guilty before God.”  However, in the   In simple terms, what these verses are
        next section (3:21-31), Paul indicates that   stating is that Christ willingly suffered the
        God has provided a means whereby He   wrath of God on the cross on the behalf of
        can justify people whose guilt has been   the whole human race, and by this means
        proven, and yet be righteous in doing so.   has made salvation available, first to Old
        No court on earth can justify guilty people.   Testament believers (“sins that are past”
        They may pronounce them “Not guilty!”   v25), and to all who will believe in Christ
        though that would be a travesty of justice,   in this present era (“at this time” v26). By
        ¹ Bible quotations in this article are from the   this means God is able to justify guilty sin-
        KJV.                                  ners and be righteous in doing so. In fact,

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