When I asked you in post 416
"At what point in a person's earthly are they justified (declared righteous) by God"
you answered in post 421
I'll answer it again. There isn't a point. It's a process.
now follow along and answer
and yet Scripture uses justified in the past for an event that has already happened: how do you reconcile that?
(your answer should include the word justified)
Thess--I believe that is a good point--and I'm not sure you understood or accepted my answers up to now.
But, I am willing to go back through this as many times as might be necessary.
Yes--it is past tense here:
Romans 5:18---King James Version
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
IOW--Christ died for all men, and justified all men of life, as a free gift--past tense. Done. Over. Christ alone. All men have been justified here(absolved of guilt)--concerning the condemnation which befell all men due to the Fall. Brought all men to the doors of eternal life--Christ alone. His Atonement. Nor yours or mine--but His. Past tense. The Blood already shed.
That justification of all men presents the opportunity for all men to inherit eternal life, by absolving(justifying) all men from the condemnation of the Fall(death and hell, as an automatic consequence of the Fall)--through the Atonement and resurrection of Christ. Free gift to all men. All men Redeemed from the Fall.
Then--one has to meet the conditions of the Redeemer--to be justified, as to their personal sinsforgiveness of sins--His grace unto life)
1 John 1:7---King James Version
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
In Israel, if I understand Redemption correctly---a redeemer could go to prison and redeem one from their debt ---by paying the balance due.
That released the debtor from the sum owed(justified)--but to remain free--the debtor had to then agree to a set of conditions placed on Him by the Redeemer.(such as work in his field for seven years)
If the debtor met the conditions of the redeemer--then he was freed. If the debtor didn't--then he returned to debtor's prison. Not for the original offense--but for not meeting the Redeemer's conditions.
The same true of all men--the Redeemer released us all from debtor's prison through His Atonement and Resurrection. We now are required to meet the conditions of the Redeemer--or we suffer the "second death".
Revelation 20:12-15---King James Version
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
That is where all men are judged according to their works, and either justified unto life--or damnation.
So--"justified" is used in different senses in the Biblical text. Some instances are a reference to the free gift--others instances are to a condition, or set of conditions. The Atonement and Resurrection--free gifts. (eternal life--as an opportunity for all) Eternal life--as a personal reception--conditional.