Justification by Faith

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH

RESEARCH PAPER
SUBMITTED TO PROFESSOR BRADLEY MCDANIEL
201540 FALL 2015 BIBL 161-B01 LUO

BY
DEIRDRE JONES-SHOOK

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA
OCTOBER 2015 Table of Contents

Definition 3-5
How is the term justification defined by scholars? What is your own definition based on your research?

Basis 5-6
What is the act of being justified based or grounded on, that is, what is necessary to have happened or to be true in order for justification to be possible?

Means 6-7
How does one obtain justification? What is the means by which one is justified?

Time Factors 7-8
Is justification an act or a process? Is it instantaneous or gradual?

Results/Fruits 8-10
Once one
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“To be sure, some scholars have in recent decades argued that justification is not the center of Pauline thought but is rather a subsidiary doctrine. In its place they have proposed other integrating doctrines. Barth thinks that the confession of Jesus Christ is more basic than justification, which he defends—although he offers a novel doctrine of both: Justification he considers but a new insight into an already universally effective Christological salvation. Yet many others, including J. Gresham Machen and Leon Morris, have championed the evangelical mainstream view that justification is basic and central.”
Evangelical critics comment that when one speaks of justification it is indeed necessary but not firmly sufficient to underscore that believers are both justified and kept by grace. The ground of divine acceptance must be made patently clear. It is neither by our works, nor our love, that we are justified.
DeVries argues, “It is not making ourselves righteous. It is not sanctification. It is not simply belonging to the Christian church because you profess Christ as Lord. Justification has to do with God as Judge. It is the declaration that you are free from guilt and condemnation in the sight of God. It is an anticipation of future judgment.” In his article “Justification: A Doctrine in Crisis,” Carl Henry asserts, “Justification is God’s declaration and implementation of his eternal will giving
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