• Synthetic Justification

    Romans 1:16–17

    Because of the way heretics like to misuse the language of Scripture, theology often uses highly technical terms in order to make sure that doctrine remains faithful to the apostolic writings of the Bible. The use of analytic versus synthetic ...Read More

  • By Christ Alone

    1 Corinthians 1:30

    Roman Catholic theology denies the sufficiency of Christ by regarding our works as something that adds to and makes possible a righteousness within ourselves. However, though personal holiness is important, it only demonstrates that we have been justified by faith ...Read More

  • The Great Exchange

    Romans 4:1–8

    If we are in Christ, if we trust in Him alone, we have His righteousness credited to our account. When God looks at us, He sees the righteousness of Christ and no longer deems us guilty. This is the good ...Read More

  • God’s Legal Declaration

    Romans 3:23–24

    How do you hope to stand before the judgment seat of God? Are you counting on your own goodness? Or, do you understand that the depth of your sin makes it impossible that your good works could ever make you ...Read More

  • Living Faith

    James 2:25–26

    A dead faith is really no faith at all because a dead faith can in no way lay hold of the perfect righteousness of Christ. We must have a living faith evidenced by works of love and mercy toward other ...Read More

  • Completed Faith

    James 2:22–24

    When we first believe our faith is “incomplete” in the sense that it is small and relatively undeveloped. But even though a small faith is enough to do great things (Matt. 17:20), God does not want our faith to remain ...Read More

  • Faith and Works

    James 2:18–21

    John Calvin notes that while true faith always produces good works, good works are not always the result of true faith. Indeed “the unbelieving sometimes excel in specious virtues … hence works apparently excellent may exist apart from faith.” We ...Read More

  • Redeemed by Faith

    Romans 3:19–28

    We cannot live our lives before the face of God until we are clear that it is the perfect obedience of Christ alone that saves us. If we think that we earn our own righteousness, we have not been justified, ...Read More

  • Perfect Obedience

    Romans 5:18-19

    Paul’s comparisons of our unions with Adam and Christ show us how wrong we are in our tendency to think that some goodness in us motivated God to save us. We were lost, justly condemned. But God saved us through ...Read More

  • A Work Yet to Be Done

    Romans 5:9-11

    Obviously, our salvation is not yet complete. And yet, the appropriate behavior for Christians is not doubting, second-guessing, and legalistic striving, but rejoicing, for our salvation is secure. Do you rejoice to be saved, knowing that you always will be ...Read More

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