When I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, there was a game show on TV called Password. It was pretty popular. I even enjoyed it, we had the home edition and played it with family during holiday like Christmas and such.
There are cards with the words that your partner is supposed to guess based on the clues you give them. In order to see the word, you passed a card with several words on it through the view-finder and a red screen would show the word.
The “Password” was blue and there were red characters printed over the word that concealed it until you passed it through the view-finder.
That has always been the picture of justification that I have. The essence of justification is this, it is “just as if I’d never sinned.” That phrase almost sounds like the word.
Justification is that by our faith in Jesus Christ, through Jesus death on the cross, we are cleansed and freed from sin. It is just as if I had never sinned. Here’s why; I am then judged by Jesus’ life, not my own. He was without sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), he paid for my sin when he died on the cross and to receive that sin, I must place my faith and the activity that faith is in Jesus Christ and when God looks at me, it is as if he sees Jesus instead.
It’s like the Password view-finder. You can’t see the word until you see it through the view-finder. You cannot be justified, made righteous unless you place your faith in Jesus.
When a person has been justified by faith, God sees them through Jesus and does not see the sin that we have committed against him. Thank you Jesus!