Blog Posts on Justification

An Excellent New Book on Justification

John Piper

If a thoughtful layman asked me what he should read to understand the doctrine of justification in relationship to the New Perspective on Paul, I would send him to Stephen Westerholm’s new book, Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme (Eerdmans, 2013).

I enjoyed this book so much I found it difficult to put down. It is constructive. That is, it builds a clear and positive view of what justification is,…

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What Do We Do With Our Slavery-Affirming Theological Heroes?

Trevin Wax

When I read the works of men like James P. Boyce and Jonathan Edwards, I am amazed at the depth of their biblical knowledge and the keenness of their personal application. At the same time, I am astounded that these theological giants could justify the owning of slaves, support slavery as a system, and conform to the racial prejudice common in their day.

John Piper is right: “One of the…

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One with Christ and the Fellowship of Righteousness

Jonathan Parnell

John Calvin:

Therefore, that joining together of Head and members, that indwelling of Christ in our hearts—in short, that mystical union—are accorded by us the highest degree of importance, so that Christ, having been made ours, makes us sharers with him in the gifts with which he has been endowed.

We do not, therefore, contemplate him outside ourselves from afar in order that his righteousness may be imputed to us…

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There Is Only One Liberator

Jonathan Parnell

Our options are endless if we want to evade the reality of our brokenness, but there is only one liberator. John Piper explains in this video excerpt:

. . . All of us are prone to say "I don't need you, Jesus. I've have my ethnicity," or "I don't need you, Jesus, I've got my religion, I've got my God," or "I don't need you, Jesus, I've got my moral…

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Not Good, One Good, Our Good in This One

Jonathan Parnell

Psalm 16 is majestic. Peter unleashes its importance during his first ever sermon in Acts 2:29-36, arguing that David was clearly talking about Jesus. I'm convinced.

But there's more treasure to behold in Psalm 16 as we see the words within the lush forest of its context. Playing Hegel, there is thesis, antithesis, and synthesis.

Thesis

Psalm 14 calls the atheist a fool. The diagnosis is impartial—we're all the fools.…

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Clothed in Righteousness

Josh Etter

R. C. Sproul has written a beautiful hymn that you might consider using in your personal, family, or congregational worship:

Fallen race in Eden fair, exposed and full of shame. Fled we naked from Thy sight, far from Thy holy name.

Sent from the garden to the east, outside of Eden's gate, Banished there from Thy pure light were Adam and his mate.

Scarlet souls are now like snow by…

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No, No, Augustine!

John Piper

In Augustine’s Enchiridion, chapter 46, which I am listening to in spare moments, he says this:

Here lies the necessity that each man should be born again, that he might be freed from the sin in which he was born. For the sins committed afterwards can be cured by penitence, as we see is the case after baptism.

This is, if I understand him, misleading at best.

Not that…

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