Justification involves God’s declaration of acquittal of the ungodly on the basis of Christ’s death. At the core of justification is a new legal standing wherein the righteousness of Christ is imputed to the sinner’s account and she/he has been permanently forgiven. This is, in miniature form, the theme of Romans 4:1-8. We have been forgiven, we have been covered, and our sins are no longer charged to our account! What a tremendous blessing!