With apologies for the abridgment of your post...
As nearly as I can tell, "justified" means that the judge ruled in your favor. "Judged" by contrast means that the judge ruled against you.
Satisfying the conditions of the judgment (usually restitition) does not render the accused "just."
I apologize in advance for the lengthy post. I do enjoy honest examination of Scriptures, and feel compelled to make this case regarding Paul's meaning surrounding the term, "works of the Law" for justification
I do see your point on the difference between forgiveness and being "made Just". I have implied that they mean the same. But now I can see that it is important to keep in mind that they don't. Thanks for that Jarrod.
In the exercise you posted, the Deed had been done. There is nothing that can take this deed away
, Or make it disappear "just as if" it never happen.
Nothing can make this lawless man "just". To become Just, this sinful man must die, and be replaced by, or reborn as, a "new man". A man who doesn't beat up on others. This Lawless man is crucified, and is reborn into a New man who is not Lawless. And this made Spiritually possible by Faith or belief in the God of the Bible through the Lord's Christ.
Please take a moment please and consider the following.
Gal. 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ
, we ourselves also are found sinners
, is therefore Christ the minister of sin
? God forbid.
(If I am calling Jesus my Lord, but find I am walking in Transgression of God's commandments, is the Spirit of Christ causing me to Sin? (God forbid)
18 For if I build again
the things which I destroyed, (If I build again
, the Lawless man who beats up other people) I make myself a transgressor
. (A Lawless man again.)
19 For I through the law
am dead to the law, (The Law says the man that sins shall die, so the lawless man is dead) that I might live unto God
. (Live unto God as what? A Lawless man who beats up other people? No, a new man, who is Faithful to god and doesn't beat up on people.)
20 I am crucified with Christ
: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me
: and the life which I now live
in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God
, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (So the New Man, is guided by the Life of Christ, which is different than the Lawless man, who was guided by the imagination of his own mind)
The Passover and Feast of Unleavened bread is symbolic of this process. Paul understood; ""Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump
". It begins with forgiveness (Passover), it ends in Justification (Creation of a New man).
Pentecost or "Feast of Weeks" also symbolizes this "change".
"And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.
A New man. "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness
A Lawful man, as Paul also teaches "(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified."
But the Pharisees had corrupted the "Way of the Lord". They didn't want, or see a reason to change, or be reborn. They didn't even understand the concept even though it is symbolized all over the Law and Prophets.. Zacharias and Simeon did, but the Pharisees didn't. They believed that by bringing a goat to the Levite Priest, which were "Works" of the old Priesthood (Governing Authority), they could keep their old lawless self, and were "made just" by these "works of the Law".
Jesus tries to explain this to a Pharisees called Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, and taught this "way of the Lord" during His life on earth.
"No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, Neither do men put new wine into old bottles"
Matt. 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
The popular religious philosophy of this world, that God rejected the Pharisees because they were striving to be Lawful, for the purpose of Justification, is an insidious falsehood. Yet it is the foundational religious Pillar of most of this world's religious philosophies.
You can't know how much I appreciate much of the wisdom of your posts, and your replies. I hope my lengthy posts don't discourage you from continued engagement.