The center of Paul’s soteriology, then, at the center of his theology as a whole, is neither justification by faith nor sanctification, neither the imputation of Christ’s righteousness nor the renewing work of the Spirit. To draw that conclusion, however, is not to decenter justification (or sanctification), as if justification is somehow less important for Paul than it is for the Reformers. Justification is supremely important; it is absolutely crucial in Paul’s ‘gospel of salvation’ (cf. Eph. 1:13). If his teaching on justification is denied or distorted, it ceases to be gospel; there is no longer saving ‘good news’ for guilty sinners. But no matter how close justification is to the heart of Paul’s gospel, in our salvation there is an antecedent consideration, a reality that is deeper, more fundamental, more decisive, more crucial: Christ and our union with him, the crucified and resurrected, the exalted, Christ. Union with Christ by faith—that is the essence of Paul’s ordo salutis.
The theological battles that Martin Luther fought were just legendary. His public debate with John Eck, his debate with Erasmus, His showdown at Worms where he stared down the barrel of the full firepower of the Catholic church, his debate with Zwingli…. He must have been an academic bruiser to get through all of those fights unscathed.
Who, you say, will try and reform his life? I reply, Nobody! Nobody can! God has no time for you practictioners of self-reformation, for they are hypocrites. The elect, who fear God, will be reformed by the Holy Spirit.
Justification is not what the sinner achieves but what the sinner receives.
Luther’s first steps on his own quest for certainty about his relationship to God paralleled those of many before him and countless others since: he entered a “seminary.” In Luther’s case it was the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt. Again, not unlike countless other seminarians past and present, Luther’s decision greatly upset his father.
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Be of good cheer, Ridley; and play the man. We shall this day, by God’s grace, light up such a candle in England, as, I trust, will never be put out.
Thus in the same moment, that day, the sun set and the greatest light which was in this world, for the direction of the Church of God, was withdrawn to Heaven. We can well say that with this single man it has pleased God in our time, to tech us the way both to live well and to die well.
We are today horrified that Geneva should have burned a man for the glory of God, yet we incinerate whole cities for the saving of democracy
In response to the efforts of Farel and Bucer to push him toward marriage, Calvin made it clear that his model of womanhood focused on modesty, thrift, and patience with his ill-health rather than on a ‘fine figure.’
Atta boy Johnny!
August Burns Red - “Carol of the Bells”
The only exception to my strict “No Christmas Music” rule.