To what degree does our justifying ourselves have to do with unbelief in the One who has justified us? Much, is my guess.

The Desiring God blog spoke yesterday about how “our proud hearts (can) send us desperately looking for someone else to point to every time we’re confronted with our own sin.” Surely this is because we don’t truly believe that the sin no longer needs to be dealt with; it’s done.

We know Whom Job was looking for when he cried: If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot. (Job 9: 33-35)

We *have* been justified.