Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Accepted by God

Calvin's Institutes (1559)
Book 3 of 4 - How We Receive the Grace of Christ
Chapter 11:1-4 - Justification by Faith: Definition
1. I've talked about the second benefit of salvation by faith: how our regeneration, or sanctification. This was to show how faith is full of works. Now we have to cover justification, "the main hinge on which religion turns." You have to know your relationship to God, as the starting point of piety.
2. Justification is "the acceptance with which God receives us into His favor as righteous men." It includes "the remission of sins and the imputation of Christ's righteousness."
3. Justification means to things: a) "reckoned as righteous:" Luke 7:29, 35; 16:15; 1 Kings 1:21; b) "free from condemnation:" Gal 3:8; Rom 3:26; 8:33-34; Acts 13:38-39; Luke 18:14.
4. Justification is acceptance by God: Eph 1:5-6; Rom 3:24; 4:6-7; Ps 32:1. This is the whole of justification - 2 Cor 5:18-20 - reconciliation! The atonement is the means to it - 2 Cor 5:21.

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