100 Bible Verses about Justification

Romans 5:1 ESV / 208 helpful votes

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Titus 3:7 ESV / 162 helpful votes

So that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Romans 3:28 ESV / 153 helpful votes

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

Galatians 3:24 ESV / 142 helpful votes

So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.

1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV / 121 helpful votes

And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Romans 5:9 ESV / 113 helpful votes

Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

Romans 5:1-21 ESV / 104 helpful votes

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. ...

Philippians 3:9 ESV / 102 helpful votes

And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—

Romans 4:25 ESV / 83 helpful votes

Who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

Galatians 2:16-17 ESV / 81 helpful votes

Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not!

Romans 8:30 ESV / 76 helpful votes

And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Galatians 2:16 ESV / 69 helpful votes

Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

Romans 4:3 ESV / 69 helpful votes

For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”

Genesis 15:6 ESV / 63 helpful votes

And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV / 61 helpful votes

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Romans 4:2 ESV / 55 helpful votes

For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

John 3:16 ESV / 53 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 3:20 ESV / 51 helpful votes

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

Romans 3:24 ESV / 49 helpful votes

And are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

Romans 2:13 ESV / 49 helpful votes

For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.

Romans 4:5 ESV / 48 helpful votes

And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,

Ephesians 2:8 ESV / 47 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

Galatians 3:6 ESV / 47 helpful votes

Just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV / 47 helpful votes

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

Galatians 3:11 ESV / 46 helpful votes

Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Romans 10:1-21 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. ...

Romans 1:17 ESV / 44 helpful votes

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Galatians 3:8 ESV / 40 helpful votes

And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”

Romans 8:33 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.

James 2:21 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?

James 2:1-26 ESV / 39 helpful votes

My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? ...

Romans 5:18 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 37 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Galatians 2:21 ESV / 37 helpful votes

I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

Habakkuk 2:4 ESV / 37 helpful votes

“Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.

Romans 3:22 ESV / 36 helpful votes

The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:

Romans 3:4 ESV / 36 helpful votes

By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, “That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.”

Acts 13:39 ESV / 36 helpful votes

And by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.

Romans 4:16 ESV / 35 helpful votes

That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,

Galatians 2:20 ESV / 34 helpful votes

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Romans 8:1 ESV / 34 helpful votes

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

John 5:24 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

Galatians 5:6 ESV / 33 helpful votes

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

Romans 3:26 ESV / 32 helpful votes

It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

James 2:24 ESV / 31 helpful votes

You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

Matthew 12:37 ESV / 31 helpful votes

For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Isaiah 50:8 ESV / 31 helpful votes

He who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who is my adversary? Let him come near to me.

James 2:20 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?

Romans 3:23 ESV / 30 helpful votes

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 3:10 ESV / 29 helpful votes

As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;

Acts 2:38 ESV / 29 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 3:21 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law.

Hebrews 6:4-6 ESV / 27 helpful votes

For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

Romans 5:19 ESV / 27 helpful votes

For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.

Romans 3:30 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.

Romans 5:16 ESV / 26 helpful votes

And the free gift is not like the result of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification.

Romans 4:1-25 ESV / 26 helpful votes

What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, ...

Romans 3:25 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

Romans 3:21 ESV / 26 helpful votes

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—

James 2:26 ESV / 25 helpful votes

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Romans 8:34 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

Romans 4:11 ESV / 25 helpful votes

He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well,

James 2:10 ESV / 24 helpful votes

For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.

Hebrews 12:14 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV / 24 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Romans 5:17 ESV / 24 helpful votes

For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:24 ESV / 23 helpful votes

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

Hebrews 11:4 ESV / 23 helpful votes

By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.

Romans 11:6 ESV / 22 helpful votes

But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

John 3:36 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

James 2:25 ESV / 21 helpful votes

And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?

Galatians 5:4 ESV / 21 helpful votes

You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.

Galatians 3:19 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary.

Romans 1:16 ESV / 21 helpful votes

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

James 2:23 ESV / 20 helpful votes

And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.

Titus 3:5 ESV / 20 helpful votes

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

Romans 9:30-32 ESV / 20 helpful votes

What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone,

Romans 5:6 ESV / 20 helpful votes

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 5:2 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Acts 3:19 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,

Isaiah 53:11 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 19 helpful votes

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Galatians 3:13 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—

Galatians 3:9 ESV / 19 helpful votes

So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

2 Corinthians 5:19 ESV / 19 helpful votes

That is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

Romans 5:1-2 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 3:24-26 ESV / 19 helpful votes

And are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Romans 7:1-25 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress. Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. ...

Romans 5:8 ESV / 18 helpful votes

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Hebrews 2:11 ESV / 17 helpful votes

For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,

Romans 4:6 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

Zechariah 3:4 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.”

James 2:20-23 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.

2 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV / 16 helpful votes

But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 16 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Isaiah 56:1 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my righteousness be revealed.

James 2:17 ESV / 15 helpful votes

So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;

John 17:17 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

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