What is justification?
“Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
— Romans 5:1
To be pardoned of sin and declared right with God.
Sinners are justified on the basis that Christ paid their penalty on the cross. Only those who trust Christ for salvation are justified.
(Taken from “Know the Truth:60 Questions and Answers on Christian Beliefs” from First Baptist Church in Tallassee, Alabama; Based on the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message)