Tag Archives: Justification

Was Jesus a legalist?

Matthew 19:16-21 Many Christians find this incident confusing. When the rich young man asks how to gain eternal life, why does Jesus tell him to keep the Law (verse 17)? Is Jesus implying that we can be saved by obeying … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: Christian freedom

Galatians 5:1-12 As Paul stated at the very beginning of the letter (Galatians 1:4), “Christ gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age” – from slavery in both its Jewish (legalistic) and pagan (idolatrous) forms. … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: Justification

Galatians 2:15,16 How does one distinguish between those who belong to the people of God and those who don’t? For the Jews, the answer to this question was quite straightforward: if you were circumcised and subscribed to other marks of … Continue reading

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Faith and works: Paul v James (the verdict)

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 The differences between Paul and James are more apparent than real – especially when one takes a step back to look at the bigger picture. Their supposed ‘conflict’ can be sustained only by picking … Continue reading

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Faith and works: Paul v James (round 2)

Round 1 Paul and James use the same vocabulary: they both talk about faith, works, righteousness and justification, and about the relationship between these things. Yet Paul is adamant that justification is by faith alone, and not by works (e.g. … Continue reading

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Faith and works: Paul v James (round 1)

Few things can be more fundamental to Christianity than the correct way of salvation. Surely, then, we should expect the New Testament authors to be unanimous and unequivocal on this subject. Yet when it comes to the issue of our … Continue reading

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Justification and sanctification

32) What do justification and sanctification mean? Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit’s work in us. “To God’s elect… … Continue reading

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