Justifying Grace

Paul wrote to the church in Corinth: "In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them" (2 Corinthians 5:19). And in his letter to the Roman Christians, Paul wrote: "But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

These verses tell us about the justifying grace of God. They point to reconciliation, pardon, and rebirth. Through the work of God in Christ our sins are forgiven, and our relationship with God is restored. According to John Wesley, the image of God, which has been distorted by sin, is renewed within us through Christ's death.

Again, God's grace is a gift. God's grace alone brings us into relationship with God. There is nothing else we have to do to in order to please God and to be loved by God. God has acted in Jesus Christ. We need only to respond in faith.