Salvation Part 4–Justification

Posted: January 13, 2009 in Uncategorized

So far we have discussed God’s call to those whom he predestined for salvation, regeneration where God imparts new spiritual life to us and conversion when Christians respond to God’s call by turning from their rebellion against God and declaring their loyalty to King Jesus. 

What about the fact that all people, even Christians, have sinned against God?

God is the greatest good and sin is an offense against him which makes it the ultimate evil which calls for the ultimate punishment.  What does God do about that?  Justification or condemnation.

Justification is the process by which Christians are reconciled to God.  The doctrine of justification is such a hotly disputed area of theology these days that I will slow down and spend the week working through Wayne Grudem’s chapter. 

Grudem defines justification as follows: “justification is an instantaneous legal act of God in which he (1) thinks of our sins as forgiven and Christ’s righteousness as belonging to us, and (2) declares us to be righteous in his sight.”

We will unpack that definition throughout the week. 

Stay tuned.

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