Bavinck on Justification

On what basis does God justify the sinner?  Rome and others say that God justifies a person insofar as he is sanctified; in other words, God justifies someone because the person has some grace-infused obedience inside himself.  Rome and others (like the NPP) thus say that the Reformation position - that God justifies the ungodly… Continue reading Bavinck on Justification

Bavinck on Justification Part II: Imputation and Legal Fiction

As surely as the sun rises and sets each day, Herman Bavinck vigorously defended the imputation of Christ's obedience in justification. In nearly prophetic language, he speaks to present day deniers of imputation: "The opponents of imputed righteousness should not lodge their objection against Luther and Calvin but against Paul." He goes on, especially dealing… Continue reading Bavinck on Justification Part II: Imputation and Legal Fiction

Olevian on Alien Righteousness and Alien Curse

  Olevian comments on Lord's Day 15: "Q. Was it not a disgrace for the Son of God to become a curse...?  A. Not at all.  For we believe that Christ took upon Himself and bore and alien curse, namely ours...." Commenting on Romans 4, Olevian says, "He [God] is declaring that ungodly person righteous… Continue reading Olevian on Alien Righteousness and Alien Curse