I'm continuing a series that I plan on adding to sporadically called "Theology Basics." I've posted once before on the definition of the doctrine of justification here as it traced through the book of Romans. The intention in this series is to provide a resource to help you (and me) brush up on our doctrine and reflect on Paul's teaching about salvation. More that that, I pray that a contemplation on our cherished doctrine spurs you to spend a few minutes in reflective worship today...
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Romans 3-5 is explicit about the doctrine of justification. It is here that Paul presents the reader with an explication of the righteousness of God and the means of man's acquisition of it. A definition of justification, then, is closely tied to the righteousness of God and must be defined with the whole of Paul's teaching in Romans 3-5 in mind. In previous chapters, Paul determined that the extent of sin is universal and the guilt of man is all-encompassing. For this reason, in describing God's provision of righteousness for the believer, we are introduced to the word for justified in chapter three.