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Sola Fide: The Erosion of the Chief Article

Justification is by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. This is the article by which the church stands or falls. Today this article is often ignored or denied by scholars and pastors who claim to be evangelical. Fallen human nature has always recoiled from recognizing its need for Christ’s imputed righteousness......

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Justification and Sanctification Distinguished

Last week we saw how justification and sanctification agree. Today we will see how they differ. Justification is the reckoning of a man to be righteous on the merit of Jesus Christ. Sanctification is the actual making a man inwardly righteous, though it may be in a feeble degree. The righteousness we have by our justification is not our own, but the everlasting perfect...

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He Can Justify You

God, the infinitely just Sovereign, knows that there is not a just man upon earth that does good and never sins. Therefore, in the infinite sovereignty of His divine nature and in the splendor of His ineffable love, He undertakes the task of justifying the ungodly. God has devised ways and means of making the ungodly man to stand justly accepted before Him: He has set up ...

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Justification and Sanctification Compared

This subject is one of great importance, though I fear it will not seem so to all my readers. Too many are apt to look at nothing but the surface of things in religion. They regard distinctions in theology as questions which are of little real value. But I warn all who are in earnest about their souls, that the discomfort which arises from not distinguishing things that d...

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What Does It Mean to Be “Justified”?

“God is the one who justifies” (Romans 8:33). Justification is a legal term.  It belongs to the realm of the law court.   It means ‘to declare just,’ and ‘to declare righteous.’ It is the opposite of condemnation. The Christian has moved from a state of condemnation to one of justification. It is the action of God and exclusi...

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