So What’s the Good News, Anyway?

   As I have noted before, N.T. Wright posits a future justification based on works.  Let's parse that out. He says that the good news is that those who believe in the gospel are presently "in the right" and have "the status of being God's covenant people, the people already declared to be 'in the… Continue reading So What’s the Good News, Anyway?

F. F. Bruce on Justification

Bruce really sounds close to Luther here.  "God pronounces a man righteous at the beginning of his course, not at the end of it.  If he pronounces him righteous at the beginning of his course, it cannot be on the basis of works which he has not yet done; such justification is, on the contrary, 'an… Continue reading F. F. Bruce on Justification

Luther on Romans 4.7

Lecturing on Romans 4.7, Luther said that we need keep two things in mind to rightly understand Paul's words.  For now, I'll note just the first one.  Stay tuned for number two at a later date.  1) "The saints are intrinsically always sinners, therefore they are always extrinsically justified; but the hypocrites are intrinsically always righteous,… Continue reading Luther on Romans 4.7

Adoption and Justification

How do justification and adoption relate?  Look at adoption in the first century context, then see how Michael Horton describes it.  This is helpful, in my opinion (not to mention quite comforting).  I've put key terms in bold for ease of reference. "Adoption was far more frequent and important in Roman society than it is today.  The person… Continue reading Adoption and Justification

Ursinus on Justification, Righteousness, and Imputation

"The righteousness with which we are here justified before God, is not our conformity with the law, not our good works, nor our faith; but it is the satisfaction which Christ rendered to the law in our stead; or the punishment which he endured on our behalf; and therefore the entire humiliation of Christ...whatever he… Continue reading Ursinus on Justification, Righteousness, and Imputation