I've always appreciated Francis Turretin's discussion of justification by faith alone. Here are some of his quotes on this topic that I've found quite comforting: For the righteousness of Christ alone imputed to us is the foundation and meritorious cause upon which our absolutary (absolving) sentence rests, so that for no other reason does God… Continue reading The Principal Foundation of our Salvation (Turretin)
Scripture teaches that those who are justified have peace with God and will be glorified (Rom. 5:1; 8:30). This means, among other things, that God continually forgives the sins of those he justified and that once they are justified, they cannot fall from the state of justification (see WCF 11.5). What does this mean for… Continue reading Not a Twofold Justification (Turretin)
What does Reformed theology teach about the extent of Christ's atonement? Francis Turretin (d. 1687) explained definite atonement well: "The common opinion of the Reformed is that Christ - from the mere good pleasure of the Father - was appointed and given as a Redeemer and head, not to all men, but to a certain… Continue reading He Does Really and Actually Save!
Justifying faith is not a work; it is not the meritorious grounds of justification nor is it an antecedent (or a priori) condition of the covenant of grace. Justifying faith is an instrument that receives the active and passive obedience (the righteousness) of Christ, which are the grounds for justification. Speaking of the righteousness of… Continue reading …It Is Reckoned To Be Truly Ours (Turretin)
In Reformed theology, we call God’s oath to be God to his people and their seed the “covenant of grace.” Beginning with the promise of One who would crush the head of the serpent in Genesis 3, God has covenanted with his people to be their deliverer. The exact term “covenant of grace” is not… Continue reading Why Do We Call It The Covenant Of “Grace”?