The Justification Reader

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802839664
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Classic Christian Reader Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Justification
Ch. 1 The Ancient Fathers on Evangelical Justification 15
A Typical Misconceptions of Classic Christian Teaching on Saving Faith 15
B The Unexplored Connection: The Fathers Were Not Ignorant of the Pauline Teaching of Justification 23
Ch. 2 Justification Defined 36
A Rehearsing the Classic Consensus on Justification 36
B Introducing Locus Classicus Patristic Texts on Justification 44
C God's Costly Way of Reestablishing a Right Relation with the Sinner 50
D How Divine Love Brings Sinners into an Uprighted Relation with Divine Justice 53
Ch. 3 Receiving Righteousness from God 60
A Justified by His Blood 60
B How Righteousness Is Revealed 66
C Our Appropriation of God's Righteousness 69
Pt. 2 Grace Alone
Ch. 1 Why Imputed Grace Dislodges All Boasting 81
A Defining Grace 81
B The Nurture of Gracious Ability 83
C How Grace Grounds Justification: By Free Grace We Have Full Satisfaction 87
D Imputed Righteousness 91
E The Fathers Teach the Unmerited Grace of the Triune God 95
F Receiving Grace, Growing in Grace, Living under Grace 98
G How Protestant Definitions of Grace Confirm the Patristic Consensus 101
Ch. 2 Let the Fathers Speak for Themselves on Sola Gratia 107
A By Grace You Are Saved 107
B The Fathers Teach That All Boasting Is Out of Place 111
C Grace in Action 114
D The Gift of Faith and Human Agency 116
E The Grace of Effectual Calling 120
F New Life under Grace 121
Pt. 3 By Faith Alone
Ch. 1 Justifying Faith 129
A What Is Faith? 129
B Faith Classically Defined in Hebrews 11:1 131
C Justifying Grace Received Only by Faith 134
D How Faith is Congruent with Justification 136
Ch. 2 Faith in God's Righteousness 139
A Approaching God with Grounded Confidence 139
B Biblical Examples of Faith 144
C Classic Distinctions Regarding Faith 148
D An Act of Mind, Will, and Heart 154
Conclusion 161
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