Friday, June 14, 2013

What is Justification?

In Galatians 2, "[We] know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified" (Galatians 2:16). 

Justification is a recurring word/theme in the New Testament epistles, especially with Paul.  But what does Justification mean?  Does it simply refer to God declaring us, though we are sinful, to be righteous through faith in Jesus Christ, crucified and risen?  Or is it that wonderful truth plus something else wonderful?  
NT Wright and Ben Witherington offer some insight....

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