Originally Posted by hisalone
I grasp the forensic idea, but the forensic idea is that we have been absolved of all guilt in the matter of sin, it isn't as though we always obeyed except in semantics.... Why are we counted righteous today? Not because of the impution of Christ's righteousness, unless He keeps reimputing it since we all sin daily, but because our lives are hidden in Christ,
Let's say we give you the benefit of the doubt and chock up this statement above to an innocent inability to convey what you are really thinking. grin Now, the error here is serious indeed for it fails to do justice to the biblical teaching concerning "imputation". VERY briefly, and by way of reminder... justification is "a judicial act of God, in which He declares once for all, on the basis of the righteousness of Jesus Christ, that all the claims of the law are satisfied with respect to the sinner." (Berkhof, Systematic Theology, p. 513, italic portion is inserted by me) Notice what is satisfied; the "claims of the law". This includes both sins of commission as well as sins of omission. This declaration is infinite in scope; "once for all", i.e., past, present and future. Again, this is a LEGAL matter, how one stands before God in regard to the law. It has to do with a person's STATUS and nothing to do with a person's actual STATE.

You can probably and hopefully see why Rome reacted with such vehemence against this truth and charged Luther and all true Protestants with teaching antinomianism. But this is a false charge in that ... and now mind me well here, when I say that ONLY a true Calvinist can give the biblical truth in reply to this charge ... The same sovereign God Who brings a dead sinner to life in regeneration, irresistibly brings a sinner to Christ, creates faith in the soul, and declares the sinner justified through that exercised faith, also is the very same sovereign God Who has determined to sanctify that sinner throughout his life here on earth and eventually glorify him to the praise of His holy name. "Salvation is of the Lord" (Jonah 2:9). Salvation encompasses the end as well as the beginning and all the means necessary to that end.

Scripture gives us a beautiful and accurate picture of what justification and sanctification is in Zechariah:

Zechariah 3:1-7 (KJV) "And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: [is] not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by. And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by."

The Puritans had a very helpful ditty, if I man say so, which I believe often helps in such matters that have to do with justification and sanctification: "Justification qualifies us for heaven. And, Sanctification prepares us for heaven." BigThumbUp

Does this help? shrug

PS. Although written to counter the heresy of NPP and FV, Philip Eveson's book is a most valuable work as a true biblical teaching concerning justification. I would encourage everyone to read it. You can find it here: The Great Exchange.

In His grace,

Last edited by Pilgrim; Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:42 AM. Reason: Added link to Eveson's book

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