Paul 's Idea Of Justification By Faith

1477 Words Apr 2nd, 2015 6 Pages
Stacie L. Torres

Dr. Beauchamp PhD

Biblical Studies REL2200

April 2, 2015

Paul’s Idea of Justification by Faith

In an open letter to the church at Ephesus, and copied to other churches throughout Asia, the Apostle Paul wrote what would later be called the Pauline doctrine of justification by faith. (Wilson, Intro. to Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, n.p.) The very same doctrine that catapulted the Protestant Reformation when Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany inviting academic debate that salvation was by grace through faith and not of works. By definition, “Justification has come to refer to the status of being righteous in the sight of God” or simply “being right with God.” (McGrath, Reformation Thought, pg. 102)
In the vernacular, justification is better understood as, “Just-as-if-I’d” never sinned. (Strauss, spiritualgold.org) It embraces the totality of mercy, grace, love, and forgiveness of a Holy and loving God. Some argue that Paul had it wrong and James, the half-brother, of Jesus, had it right when he added “works” to Paul’s teaching of justification by faith alone. They claim faith apart from works is insufficient for Salvation and right standing with God. In reality, Paul and James did not disagree at all.

Justification by faith is a fundamental feature of Paul’s message. “No human being is justified by works of the law but only through faith in Jesus Christ.” (Dunn, the Theology of Paul, pg.…

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