Justification

Grace and Peace for Stubborn Sins

BY MARTIN LUTHER

The terms of grace and peace are common terms with Paul and are now pretty well understood. But since we are explaining this epistle, you will not mind if we repeat what we have so often explained elsewhere.

Grace and Peace for Stubborn Sins

What The Law Can And Can't Do

BY MARTIN LUTHER

The youth under a tutor follows not his own will; but, from fear of the rod, his master’s will. While under control of his master, his real character cannot be detected. Were he free, his true self would be apparent, for he would manifest his natural disposition and his works would be his own.

What The Law Can And Can't Do

Something Greater

BY BRANDON HANSON

When I was a young boy I was constantly trying to assert my superiority over my siblings. I had to be the best at everything, and it was easy to believe I was the best. I was the oldest of seven brothers and a sister. Naturally, I was faster, stronger, and more coordinated than the rest of them.

Something Greater

The Radical Gospel

BY GERHARD FORDE

The radical gospel of justification by faith alone simply does not fit, cannot be accepted by, and will not work with an anthropology which sees the human being as a continuously existing subject possessing ‘‘free choice of will’’ over against God and/or other religious goals.

The Radical Gospel

Breaking The “Righteous” Meter

BY MARIAH COWARD

In the first few years after God saved me I saw sin as this unfortunate parasite that was slowly sucking the life out of me. But I imagined that through enough hours of prayer, fasting and quiet time with the Lord I could successfully rid myself of these pesky leeches.

Breaking The “Righteous” Meter

Justification Is Simple

BY DONAVON RILEY

The Gospel is simple to confess. That is, we are justified by faith alone, through Christ alone, without the works of the Law. And so long as we don't add any limits, measures, or conditions to this, the Gospel is easy to confess to others. The message that we are justified by faith alone through Christ Jesus is good news anyone can deliver.

Justification Is Simple

Keeping the Law in its Place

BY MARTIN LUTHER

I do not mean to give the impression that the Law should be despised. Neither does Paul intend to leave that impression. The Law ought to be honored. But when it is a matter of justification before God, Paul had to speak disparagingly of the Law, because the Law has nothing to do with justification.

Keeping the Law in its Place

New Trees In An Old World

BY DONAVON RILEY 

All the verbs of our salvation are passive. God calls and gathers people to him through his Gospel. We don’t find him like an explorer finds the headwaters of a river. We are saved by Jesus’ death and resurrection. We don’t save ourselves.

New Trees In An Old World

We Do Not Mingle Law and Grace

BY MARTIN LUTHER

To give a short definition of a Christian: A Christian is not somebody who chalks sin, because of his faith in Christ. This doctrine brings comfort to consciences in serious trouble. When a person is a Christian he is above Law and sin. When the Law accuses him, and sin wants to drive the wits out of him, a Christian looks to Christ.

We Do Not Mingle Law and Grace

Just Another Law-Gospel Sermon?

BY DONAVON RILEY 

While I was still an over-eager seminarian the professor warned me, “Mr. Riley, this is exciting stuff. It’s exciting when you first learn about justification by faith alone in Christ alone. That’s because Law and Gospel is heady stuff! But be careful. When you climb into a pulpit and you get to preach every week you’ll learn that the people you preach to don’t much like justification talk.

Just Another Law-Gospel Sermon?

Justification: One and Done.

BY PAUL DUNK

The protestant reformation took place 500 years ago this month as a result of false teaching that was sending the church running off to secure their salvation through good works – which not unlike my episode on that hike, starts you running down a path that proves utterly impossible to keep up.

Justification: One and Done.

Keep Looking, Desiring God

BY JAY SAWRIE

My parents will be the first to tell you, I can really put my foot in my mouth. I often don’t say the right thing. Often times, I can frustrate Allyson because I try to hunt for just the right words for the situation. Different people interpret words differently.

Keep Looking, Desiring God

No Salvation Without Works

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

One of the interesting things about Paul’s writings that is not noticed enough is that Paul doesn’t really have an “application” section.

No Salvation Without Works

Horizontally Challenged

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

I am not one of those people who can put together a jigsaw puzzle without using the picture on the box. I am completely frustrated if I can’t see how it is supposed to fit together.

Horizontally Challenged

Wait…What? So, Nobody is Going to Be Saved?!

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

“That can’t be right”, I thought to myself as I flipped back and forth between two verses in my Bible. I was locked in a life-or-death study of the book of Romans...

Wait…What? So, Nobody is Going to Be Saved?!

SINNERS, WRETCHES AND POND SCUM

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

In response to one of my recent posts on social media, a beloved agnostic friend of mine commented, in part, “What’s with all you religious folk feeling like you’re sinners, wretches, pond scum, broken, fallen, in need of saving, and just plain terrible creatures…

SINNERS, WRETCHES AND POND SCUM