We unseat judges with indignation who acquit the guilty. Our moral sensibility is outraged when wrong and guilt are given legal sanction. Yet at the heart of our gospel stands the sentence: God justifies the ungodly who trust in him. God acquits the guilty. That is the gospel! But how can it be right for God to do that?
How could Paul have Timothy circumcised and yet totally refuse it for Titus?
It is faith alone which justifies, but that the faith which justifies never stays alone. It is living and active and bears fruit in obedience.
How does the gospel avoid contradicting God's righteous standards?
The doctrine of justification is immeasurably precious to every area of life.
“As I have preached through the first eight chapters of Paul’s letter to the Romans in the last four years, I have found my mind and heart moving toward Luther’s estimation of the doctrine of justification, and particularly the imputation of Christ’s righteousness as the precious foundation of our full acceptance and everlasting inheritance of life and joy” (p. 13).
There are two reasons (at least) why God hates for man to boast in man.
John Piper discusses his book Counted Righteous in Christ and the debate concerning what the believer receives from Christ's death.
What God expects regarding human law-keeping, Christ accomplishes by becoming our substitute.
If we are made right with God because of Christ’s obedient life, does this mean that the cross itself is not enough to justify us?
An excerpt from the conclusion to the upcoming book, The Future of Justification.
John Piper explains how God’s disposition towards us changes at the moment of our justification.
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