“. . .justification is essentially a legal concept. It may well be that there are other spheres more important to Christianity than that of law, but that does not give us grounds for using the legal terminology to describe those other spheres. Justification is essentially concerned with the legal status of the believer, and we must leave descriptions of the new life for other categories” (Leon Morris, The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross, 291).
Justification is a legal concept