The revival of the Great Awakening had three powerful dynamics:
1. Prayer 2. Preaching on Justification by Grace alone 3. All churches uniting at Communion
“Justification is the article by which the church stands and falls” (Martin Luther).
Justification is a doctrinal legal (forensic) term that means to be declared righteous. The doctrine is laid out in the books of Romans and 1 Corinthians, among others (Genesis 15; Psalm 32; Galatians; Titus, etc.). Justification, as a doctrine, is unique to Christianity. The doctrine of justification holds that the believer is declared righteous, his sins are removed, and Christ’s righteousness is imputed unto him by grace alone: the believer now has right legal standing before God. No other religious system has such.
But to him who does not work, but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted (imputed) for righteousness (Romans 4:5).
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).
He believed in the LORD; and He accounted (imputed) it to him for righteousness (Gen 15:6).
Imputation: The righteousness that Jesus earned as He lived a perfect moral life is given (imputed) to the believer by grace through faith.
Gen. 15:6 And Abraham believed God and it was accounted (imputed) for righteousness…
Psalm 32:1-5 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit…. 5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Rom. 3:28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.
Rom. 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? "And Abraham believed God, and it was accounted (imputed) to him as righteousness."
Rom. 4:5 "But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted (imputed) as righteousness."
Rom. 4:11, "And … all those who believe … that righteousness might be imputed to them also."
Rom. 5:1 "Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,"
Rom. 5:9 "Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him."
Luke 18:13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified…
1 Cor. 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and justification [righteousness] and sanctification and redemption.
Gal.3:6 Even so Abraham believed God, and it was accounted (imputed) to him as righteousness."
Gal. 3:24 "Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith."
Phil. 3:9 "And may be found in Him, not having a justification of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith."
Exodus 3:14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
John 4:26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you I am He.”