Counted Righteous in Christ: Should We Abandon the Imputation of Christ's Righteousness?

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Overview

Are Christians merely forgiven, or do they possess the righteousness of Christ? Recently the time-honored understanding of the doctrine of justification has come under attack. Many question how-or if-we receive the full righteousness of Christ.

Martin Luther said that if we understand justification "we are in the clearest light; if we do not know it, we dwell in the densest darkness." And now, in this new and important book, John Piper accepts Luther's challenge. He points out that we need to see ourselves as having been recipients of the imputation of Christ's righteousness and therefore enjoy full acceptance with God and the everlasting inheritance of life and joy.

Piper writes as both a pastor and a scholar. His pastor's heart is shown in his zeal for the welfare of the church. His careful scholarship is evident in each explanation and undergirds each conclusion.

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"Does Christ's lifelong record of perfect obedience to God get 'credited' to your account when you trust in Christ and are 'justified' by God? This has been the historic Protestant understanding of the 'imputation of Christ's righteousness,' but John Piper warns that we are in danger of losing this doctrine today because of attacks by scholars within the evangelical camp. In response, Piper shows, in careful treatment of passage after passage, that the imputation of Christ's righteousness to believers is clearly the teaching of the Bible, and if we abandon this doctrine we will also lose justification by faith alone. I am thankful to God for John Piper's defense of this crucial doctrine."
Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary

"The Gospel must be defended in every generation. Today, as in the sixteenth century, the central issue is the imputation of Christ's righteousness. John Piper clearly and powerfully proves this is the view of the Bible and not merely of orthodox Protestant theology. The church must say 'No!' to those who declare that imputation is passé. If imputation is passé, then so is the Gospel."
R. C. Sproul, President, Ligonier Ministries; Senior Minister of Preaching, St. Andrew's Chapel, Sanford, Florida

"This is certainly the most solid defense of the imputed righteousness of Christ since the work of John Murray fifty years ago. I'm delighted that Dr. Piper has established that important doctrine, not as a mere article from the confessional tradition, but on the solid foundation of God's Word."
John M. Frame, J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581344479
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 1/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,119,294
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?

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Table of Contents

Preface 13
Full Outline of the Argument 17
Chapter 1 The Setting in Family, Church, Culture, and Nations 21
Chapter 2 The Contemporary Challenge 41
Chapter 3 An Exegetical Response to the Challenge 53
Chapter 4 Conclusion 121
Note on Resources: Desiring God Ministries 126
Scripture Index 129
Name Index 133
Subject Index 137
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2003

    A Crucial Book For Our Times

    This book presents the most fundamental truth in the Bible, one increasingly neglected and even negated by many today, even within the church. In this age of controversy over every little detail of Christian faith, this book presents the critical bottom line of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Whether you are Calvinist or Arminian, no matter if you are Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Catholic (yes, you should read it too!) etc., regardless of your background, this book will make you stop and think about where you stand with God, and WHY you have that standing. This truth should never be compromised---it is THE foundation of faith.

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