Editorial -- By: Richard L. Mayhue
TMSJ 16:2 (Fall 2005) p. 187
The 2005–2006 school session celebrates the twentieth year of ministry for The Master’s Seminary. So far the Seminary has granted over 800 degrees and currently about 375 students are enrolled; our graduates serve in 45 states here in the USA and in over twenty-five other countries. Praise God for His faithfulness!
This issue contains the Winter 2005 Faculty Lecture Series which dealt with the New Perspective on Paul. One of the chief issues in question centered on Paul’s view of justification—Was it by faith alone? The following clear Scriptures point in the direction that the lectures took.
“For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin” (Rom 3:20).
“[A]nd are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom 3:24).
“It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom 3:26).
“For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law” (Rom 3:28).
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 5:1).
“[Y]et we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified” (Gal 2:16).
“Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for ‘The righteous shall live by faith’” (Gal 3:11).
R. C. Sproul presents the issue succinctly:
The difference between Rome and the Reformation can be seen in these simple formulas:
faith + works = justification
faith = justification + works
TMSJ 16:2 (Fall 2005) p. 188
Neither view eliminates works. The Protestant view eliminates human merit. It recognizes that though works are the evidence or fruit of true faith they add or contribute nothing to the meritorious basis of our redemption.1...
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