Distinguishing Justification from Sanctification (Vos)

Here's a good explanation of the difference between justification and sanctification. It's found in volume four of Geerhardus Vos' Reformed Dogmatics. A) Sanctification serves to take away the pollution of sin and to replace it with what is good as an inherent disposition; it restores in us conformity to the image of God. Justification serves… Continue reading Distinguishing Justification from Sanctification (Vos)

Faith Does Not Say, “What Have I Done?” (Luther)

In Galatians 2:4-5 the Apostle wrote this:  [Now] this matter arose [because of the false brothers with false pretenses who slipped in unnoticed to spy on our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, to make us slaves]. But [we did not surrender to them even for a moment, in order that the truth of the… Continue reading Faith Does Not Say, “What Have I Done?” (Luther)

Faith, Justification, and the Law/Gospel Distinction (Walther)

This morning on my reading list was the "twenty-first evening lecture" by C. F. W. Walther in his book, The Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel. In this chapter the 19th century Lutheran theologian discussed the following thesis: "The Word of God, the law and the gospel, is not rightly divided, but commingled [mixed], when… Continue reading Faith, Justification, and the Law/Gospel Distinction (Walther)

The Law and All Good Works Must Be Utterly Excluded… (Fisher)

After explaining the differences between the law and the gospel, Edward Fisher (in The Marrow of Modern Divinity) went on to relate these differences to the doctrine of justification. This section struck me again toady; I really appreciate it and wanted to share it. Here's what Fisher wrote: And now, knowing rightly how to distinguish… Continue reading The Law and All Good Works Must Be Utterly Excluded… (Fisher)

Christ’s Resurrection and Our Justification (Hodge)

This verse in Romans has always stuck out to me: He was given over because of our transgressions and was raised for the sake of our justification (Rom. 4:25 NET). Or, as the NASB translates it, ...He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification. I appreciate Charles… Continue reading Christ’s Resurrection and Our Justification (Hodge)