Justification : Justification And Justification Essay

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Justification in Romans Justification, in simplistic terms, is what God does for us in Christ. However, Paul’s understanding of justification is not as simple. Rather, it is a multifaceted theology, highly influence by his Jewish religious education, as much as, the revelation of God in Christ. We are not simply being accounted justified before God, but rather as a redemptive process God is regenerating all people, making them righteous in an ongoing process of sanctification. Justification is only part of redemptive, regenerative work of God in Christ, as Long writes from a Wesleyan perspective, “Regeneration is the process not only of being accounted justified before God, but also being made righteous. The latter is our sanctification, and in the Wesleyan tradition that sanctification can culminate in perfection.” Justification is but the beginning of God’s salvific work. Consequently, understanding Paul’s presentation of soteriology in Romans first requires examining justification, and then later sanctification. The opening chapters of Romans establish that all have sinned, broke covenant with God, and require justification of which they cannot earn. Paul begins his Romans by declaring that “the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,” and continuing, “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” Paul is establishing the righteousness of God as being wrapped

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