Before any real discussion of justification can be undertaken, the question of â€śWhat is justification?â€ť must be answered. Sovereignty by necessity must adjudicate any case that would call into question its rightful role of authority. Nations adjudicate just such cases through their laws and court systems. Armies adjudicate such cases through their hierarchy of rank and God adjudicates such cases in His divine and perfect justice. Central to Godâ€™s adjudicating the transgressions to His nature and character, from which His perfect justice flows, stands the central theme of justification. Justification is the same in principle as condemnation except justification places one in right standing with God whereas condemnation is the deserved penalty for oneâ€™s offending a holy God. Both justification and condemnation are forensic. They are legal and binding on all parties, both are public in that they are by design transparent and within sight of the totality of creation and both are final with no opportunity for appeal. Although the respective outcomes are materially different, the philosophy and application are identical; God in His sole authority determines who is in right standing with Him (justification) and who is not (condemnation). Why then must this forensic process be maintained? In simplest terms it is so that the objective standard of Godâ€™s holiness may be revealed. Many have denied this truth and made elaborate attempts to offer alternate means of justification; however, any attempt to circumvent Godâ€™s sovereignty in this process will not stand. The breaking of Godâ€™s Law demands a legal conclusion and without such a conclusion the sovereignty of God is in jeopardy.