This blog is not about justification. Justification, although wonderful, glorious and immeasurably beneficial to sinners who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, is not the only doctrine in the Bible. And neither is every passage in Scripture about justification.
There is a lot of sound doctrine on justification already on the internet. We hope to add to it here on this blog. But we want to focus our comments on how justified believers should live, according to God's law.
Don't get us wrong, we love the doctrine of justification as it is taught in Scripture. And we plainly teach and believe that a person is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, by hearing the Scriptures alone, to the glory of God alone. Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
But we also believe that the church has been led astray by false teaching on the law of God, namely that it has been abolished by Christ. Through this blog, and more specifically through the word of God, we aim to show that the law of God, for all believers, is the path unto which we should be walking by the grace of God.
So that you know that we both understand and believe in the biblical doctrine of justification, we will explain it here. Hopefully, this will remove any concerns you might have. It also will free us up to speak about the Law of God in an unshackled way - to the glory of God.
In the Scriptures, "justification" or "justified" refers to those who have been rendered innocent, or just, by God himself. The word is used in Romans 5:1. Here is the Strong's Concordance reference (taken from http://www.godrules.net/library/kjvstrongs/kjvstrongs.htm) :
Strongs Number: G1344
Orig: from 1342; to render (i.e. show or regard as) just or innocent:--free, justify(-ier), be righteous.G1342
Use: TDNT-2:211,168 Verb
Heb Strong: H974 H2135 H6663 H7378 H8199
- 1) to render righteous or such he ought to be
2) to show, exhibit, evince, one to be righteous, such as he is and wishes himself to be considered
3) to declare, pronounce, one to be just, righteous, or such as he ought to be
We hold to the 1689 Confession, which in speaking of Justification, says,
"Those whom God effectually calls, he also freely justifies,1 not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous;2 not for anything wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ's sake alone;3 not by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience to them, as their righteousness; but by imputing Christ's active obedience unto the whole law, and passive obedience in his death for their whole and sole righteousness by faith,4 which faith they have not of themselves; it is the gift of God.5" (1 Rom. 3:24, 8:30, 2 Rom. 4:5–8, Eph. 1:7 3 1 Cor. 1:30–31, Rom. 5:17–19, 4 Phil. 3:8–9; Eph. 2:8–10, 5 John 1:12, Rom. 5:17)
You can see the whole confession by going here.
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