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All articles & reviews tagged with justification

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April 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christ’s resurrection and our justification

How is the resurrection of Christ linked to the idea of justification in the New Testament? To answer this question, we must first explore the use and meaning of the term ‘justification’ in the New Testament. Confusion about this has provoked some of the fiercest controversies in the history of the church. The Protestant…

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January 2018
Articles > Comment

Something easily overlooked

Last year — 500 years on since the Reformation — was one of joyful commemoration, focusing on the exhilarating truths of the gospel. Scottish Reformer and martyr Patrick Hamilton, explained in his little treatise, Patrick’s Places, why the gospel is such a glad herald: ‘The [moral] law saith: “Pay thy debt. Thou art a…

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October 2017
Articles > Evangelistic

Justification by faith — a personal testimony

At this 500th anniversary of the Reformation we come to one of the main pillars, if not the pillar, of that Reformation: justification by faith alone, in Christ alone. Martin Luther wrote, ‘When the article of justification has fallen, everything has fallen’. He declared, ‘This is the chief article from which all other doctrines…

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July 2017
Articles > Biblical/theological

Federal Vision

Justification by faith, where vile sinners are counted as righteous before God for the sake of Christ, is often polluted by the waters of moralism. Martin Luther is said to have described this justification as ‘the article by which the church stands or falls’. It was this that brought him to faith in Christ,…

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Review

July 2017
Reviews > Book

Just By Believing

This book is a helpful treatment of justification by faith. It is presented in a compelling way and is replete with homely and helpful illustrations. I would go as far as to say that anyone who grasps these clear and easily read pages will have a firm grip on the way in which God…

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July 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

The gospel – a perfect diamond

A child can be saved by the gospel (Mark 10:14), yet the gospel that saves that child is anything but simple. It is a harmonious system of biblical truths, all centring upon the person and work of Jesus Christ. It is a coherent message from God, 'the glorious gospel of the blessed God' (1…

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April 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

God’s last word

When Paul brought the gospel to Athens, he 'preached to them Jesus and the resurrection' (Acts 17:18). But when he moved on to Corinth, his sole message was 'Christ and him crucified' (1 Corinthians 2:2). Does this mean the apostle somehow changed his emphasis, from the resurrection to the cross? This seems doubtful. It…

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