Good Definitions

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In justification the sinner stands before God as the accused and is declared righteous.

In redemption the sinner stands before God as a slave and is granted freedom by a ransom.

In forgiveness the sinner stands before God as a debtor and the debt, having been paid, is forgotten.

In reconciliation the sinner stands before God as an enemy and becomes a friend.

In adoption the sinner stands before God as a stranger and is made a son.

John MacArthur

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