“...bring out the precious from the worthless”
Challenging the Traditional Interpretations of Justification by Faith, Part 1, the first volume in the Historical Evaluations of Christian Thought series, is now available in print and eBook formats.
This volume is the first of a two-part work that evaluates the teaching of justification by faith from the early church to modern times in light of the Scriptures and the ministry of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee. Part 1 begins with a thorough presentation of the evaluative standard by which the authors will measure the teachings of the various Christian traditions. Then, following a historical overview of justification by faith in the major traditions, they proceed to give a detailed assessment of the doctrine as taught in the patristic era, in the medieval era, and by Martin Luther at the inception of the Protestant Reformation. The volume aims to point out the shortcomings and contributions of the first 1,500 years of the church’s teaching on justification by faith and to offer a fresh understanding of this foundational truth of the Christian faith.
God has given Christ as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption to the believers for their full salvation in all its aspects, and of these three, Christ has been given to them as righteousness for their justification. Through God’s infusion into them, the believers are joined to the Christ whom they believe into, and He becomes, among many other things, their righteousness before God. In themselves, apart from Christ, the believers have no righteousness that God can accept for their justification, but through the faith that God has infused into them they are one with the Christ who is righteousness in Himself as both God and man. Since they are inseparable from Christ as righteousness, God accepts the believers in their union with Him and justifies them because they have Him as their righteousness. Thus, justification is God’s accounting Christ as the believers’ righteousness because of their faith, that is, their union with Him.
Hardcover and eBook
ISBN (cloth): 978-1-5360-1597-3
ISBN (EPUB): 978-1-5360-1599-7
ISBN (Kindle): 978-1-5360-1600-0
Publisher: Living Stream
Authors: John A. Campbell, Tony H. Espinosa, Mitchell J. Kennard, Joel I. Oladele, John-Paul Petrash, Kerry S. Robichaux
Pages: xxxii + 287
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