Disciples Pursue Holiness

The Aquila Report | 6/13/2018 | Staff
LordLord (Posted by) Level 4
In the letter to the Romans, the Apostle outlines the depths of the gospel of justification by faith alone upon which the new life in Christ is rooted and unfolds. Justification is the basis for sanctification. The former is the foundation of the latter, and the latter is the spiritual outcome of the former.

One of the common misunderstandings of the doctrine of justification by faith alone is that it is a fiction with no practical consequences in one’s own life. This has been a polemical argument used by Roman Catholic apologists against the Protestant view of sola fide—the biblical truth that we are justified by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Moreover, antinomians of all stripes have argued that since believers are under grace and no longer under the law, they are allowed to live in a morally “relaxed” way.

Caricatures - Christian - Life - Come - Paul

Wherever these caricatures of the Christian life come from, Paul is not the source of either. Actually, he is totally opposed to them. In the letter to the Romans, the Apostle outlines the depths of the gospel of justification by faith alone upon which the new life in Christ is rooted and unfolds. Justification is the basis for sanctification. The former is the foundation of the latter, and the latter is the spiritual outcome of the former. As Charles Hodge wrote in his 1886 commentary on Romans: “It is impossible for anyone to share the benefits of his death [i.e., Jesus Christ] without being conformed to his life.”

Here is where holiness comes in. Holiness is the inevitable...
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