Understanding Justification

"We are either justified by a righteousness that is in us or by a righteousness that is apart from us. There is no third way." (Sproul) Learn more about this important doctrine.

  • Why Is Justification So Important? Article by Keith Mathison

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2009

    During the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century, there were few things more precious to believers than the recovery of the biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone in Christ alone. Centuries of semi-Pelagian (and Pelagian) growth were dragged into the light and revealed as the deadly poison they were, and despite fierce opposition, the glorious gospel of grace began to be proclaimed again from pulpits across Europe. As the truth spread, resistance increased, and untold numbers of the faithful suffered persecution and even death rather than renounce or compromise this essential biblical doctrine. Five hundred years later, how many … View Resource

  • When Wright Is Wrong Article by Keith Mathison

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2008

    If you are a reader of contemporary theological works and you have not already encountered the name “N.T. Wright,” you will. Wright is the Anglican Bishop of Durham, and he is one of the most prolific biblical scholars of our day. I first encountered Wright’s name years ago while doing research on the topic of eschatology. His work on the Gospels provided a number of insights that assisted me in my own work. His magisterial book on the doctrine of resurrection will likely be the standard work on the subject for decades to come. Since my reading of … View Resource

  • The Doctrine of Imputation Sermon by R.C. Sproul

    Romans 5:12-19

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  • Faith Triumphs in Trouble (Part 3) Sermon by R.C. Sproul

    Romans 5:1-5

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  • The Center of Christian Preaching: Justification by Faith Alone Video Message by R.C. Sproul

  • Apart From the Works of the Law Audio Message by R.C. Sproul

    This lecture will explain and defend the doctrine of justification by faith alone, emphasizing the imputed righteousness of Christ. View Resource

  • Faith Alone Devotional

    Galatians 2:15-16

    The imputation of Christ’s righteousness is the ultimate basis for our justification, a teaching we will explore in a few days. Today what we must remember is that good works do not set us right before God, although they do prove that He has declared us righteous in Christ (James 2:14–26). If we have to trust in our works at all, even if only a little bit, we can never be assured of our justification. None of us can do enough good to stand in God’s presence. View Resource

  • Justification by Faith Alone Audio Message by R.C. Sproul

  • A Message Worth Fighting For Article by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2009 | Galatians 2

    Paul’s letter to the Galatians is relentless in its insistence that there is only one, true gospel. Any subtraction from or addition to the saving message of God’s work in Jesus Christ renders the gospel impotent. That is why Paul so passionately pleads with the Galatians to hold unswervingly to the truth that he taught them, namely, that salvation comes by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Deviate from this, he warns, and you will miss God.  To illustrate the seriousness of what is at stake Paul writes about a very public and potentially scandalous confrontation that … View Resource

  • Justification by Faith Alone Devotional

    Galatians 2:14–16

    Martin Luther’s commentary on today’s passage includes this nugget of wisdom: “God is honored in His Son. Whoever then believes that the Son is our mediator and Savior, he honors the Father, and him again does God honor; that is to say, adorns him with gifts, forgiveness of sins, righteousness, the Holy Ghost, and everlasting life.” If we would receive the gifts of God we must repent of our sins and trust Jesus alone. In whom do you put your trust? View Resource

  • Sola Fide Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    The doctrine of justification by faith alone was at the center of the Reformation debates. The Reformers declared that justification is by faith alone, not by faith and works. The biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone is essential to the Gospel. In this message, Dr. R.C. Sproul will explain why this doctrine is essential, and warn against any perversions of it. View Resource

  • Justification by Faith Alone Teaching Series with R.C. Sproul

    In this series, Dr. R.C. Sproul examines justification — the way in which we are declared righteous by God — as he explains the biblical teaching regarding justification. Demonstrating that Christ’s righteousness is reckoned to us by faith alone, Dr. Sproul joins with Martin Luther in calling the church to proclaim boldly that this doctrine is integral to the gospel of God. View Resource

  • Not By a Faith That Is Alone Audio Message by Ken Jones

    This lecture will help us understand the place of our obedience in the great plan of God, arguing that works always flow from living faith, but that they are never the grounds of our justification. View Resource

  • Faith Alone: 2003 Washington D.C. Conference Conference with Various Teachers

    In this series of messages from Ligonier’s 2003 conference series in Washington D.C., Dr. R.C. Sproul and Rev. Kenneth Jones explore the biblical doctrine of sola fide, or “Faith Alone.” Reminding us that this is the doctrine upon which the church stands or falls, they explain that we are counted righteous solely on account of our faith, and they answer common Roman Catholic objections to this understanding of justification. View Resource

  • Crucified with Christ Devotional

    Galatians 2:17–21

    Issues like the curse of the Law that were raised briefly today will have to wait a few days for more analysis. In closing, note that Galatians 2:19–20 reveals that being united to Christ means being crucified with Him, as well as being raised in newness of life. John Calvin comments, “It will not be enough for any man to contemplate Christ as having died for the salvation of the world, unless he has experienced the consequences of this death, and is enabled to claim it as his own.” View Resource