Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
Looking at this Ive come to understand that ALL people are already justified by Christ, they just arent persay sanctified into a relationship with Him. but then I get confused by these verses later on in the chapter
9That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
because here it looks like you are not justified until you believe. I wrote a blog about it (http://savagesoto.blogspot.com) but now I feel kindof stupid cuz this seems to be an obvious contradiction
Ninja, I have been writing a bit about that here: http://www.tentmaker.org/forum/index.php?topic=6251.0
starting at around reply #21. Some of the things might address your question.
I'll try and give a short version here. No, not everyone is automatically justified. In Christianity, there is a alot of confusion about the difference between reconciliation and salvation and justification. We were reconciled to God at the cross, and the word reconcile in the Greek denotes a sense of "change." Many verses regarding reconciliation revolve around the sense that the reconciliation/change has to do with the fact that Christ put away the division between God and man which was the law. With the law out of the way, man's sins are not imputed, but that doesn't mean he doesn't HAVE sin, only that it isn't being counted up against him as an accuser. With the global peace made in this monumental change (ie no more necessity to be circumcised or keep away from the holiest place by way of priests), each person is now able to approach God for salvation from sin. Without the requirements of the law, now man can receive the Spirit which purifies and redeems us FROM iniquity.
The word "justification" comes from the word dikaioo
. That word means "righteousness." In Romans 5, Paul writes about how the free gift is justification to all men; he means that the free gift is that due to reconciliation, all men SHALL be MADE righteous. The free gift is deliverance from sin for all people. But look in the beginning of Romans 6, where it says that "he who is dead is free from sin."
The word "free" is dikaioo
. He is saying that whoever the Spirit makes dead TO sin is therefore freed from sin, and therefore dikaioo/righteous. This process of being freed from sin is the free gift that will be eventually given to all men...but each man will be made alive in his own order 1 Corinthians 15.
I guess that wasn't as short as I set out to make it. In short: everyone is reconciled by the putting away of the law, and everyone will be made justified/righteous in their order, which is the free gift.