Final Justification According To Works? (Part II)

A short while back, Andrew posted a great excerpt from C. Venema on final judgment (here).

Turretin sounds similar:

Although our justification will be fully declared on the last day (our good works also being brought forward as the sign and proof of its truth, Mt. 25.34-40), still falsely would anyone maintain from this a twofold gospel justification – one from faith in this life (which is the first); and the other (and second) from works on the day of judgment (as some hold, agreeing too much with Romanists on this point).  The sentence to be pronounced by the supreme Judge will not be so much a new justification, as the solemn and public declaration of a sentence once passed and its execution by the assignment of the life promised with respect to an innocent person from the preceding justification.  Thus it is nothing else than an adjudicatory sentence of the possession of the kingdom of heaven from the right given before through justification.  And if works are then brought forward, they are not adduced as the foundation of a new justification to be obtained then, but as signs, marks and effects of our true faith and of our justification solely by it.”

Clearly, Venema and Turretin point out the historic Reformation point of view from which the New Perspectives on Paul and Federal Vision depart.  See here and here for earlier posts on a similar topic.  Read Turretin again – he lets the gospel of justification by faith alone remain good news.

Quote from Turretin found in his Institutes, vol II page 687.

shane lems

sunnyside wa

2 thoughts on “Final Justification According To Works? (Part II)”

  1. Thanks for posting this Shane! I just lectured on Belgic 37 last Wednesday and exhorted on Q&A 52 from our Heidelberg this past Lord’s Day. I argued against the FV and NPP, vigorously.


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