Why Justification Means so Little to Us

“We all are all wrong with him [God] because we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Far too frequently we fail to entertain  the gravity of this fact. Hence the reality of our sin and the reality of the wrath of God upon us for our sin do not come into our reckoning. This is the reason why the grand article of justification does not ring the bells in the innermost depths of our spirits. And this is the reason why the gospel of justification is to such an extent a meaningless sound in the world and in the church in the twentieth century. We are not imbued with the profound sense of the reality of God, of his majesty and holiness. And sin, if reckoned with at all, is little more than a misfortune or maladjustment.” (John Murray, Redemption Accomplished and Applied, p. 117)