By John Piper
Are Christians basically forgiven, or do they own the righteousness of Christ? lately the general figuring out of the doctrine of justification has come below assault. Many query how-or if-we obtain the entire righteousness of Christ. Martin Luther acknowledged that if we comprehend justification "we are within the clearest gentle; if we don't understand it, we reside within the densest darkness." And now, during this new and critical booklet, John Piper accepts Luther's problem. He issues out that we have to see ourselves as having been recipients of the imputation of Christ's righteousness and for this reason take pleasure in complete recognition with God and the eternal inheritance of existence and pleasure. Piper writes as either a pastor and a student. His pastor's middle is proven in his zeal for the welfare of the church. His cautious scholarship is clear in every one rationalization and undergirds each one end.
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Paul does teach that God imputes to believers an external, divine righteousness, which is ours as a gift of grace. 54 COUNTED RIGHTEOUS IN CHRIST §1. T HE E VIDENCE T HAT THE R IGHTEOUSNESS I MPUTED U S I S E XTERNAL AND N OT O UR FAITH TO One primary passage for consideration here is Romans 4:2-6. For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. (3) For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness” [Genesis 15:6].
36 COUNTED RIGHTEOUS IN CHRIST meaning, and, as a people, we would be dishonest to treat them as if they carried the new meaning. “A ND C AN I T B E ” (C HARLES W ESLEY ) No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in him, is mine! Alive in him, my living head, And clothed in righteousness divine, Bold I approach the eternal throne, And claim the crown through Christ my own. “T HE S OLID R OCK ” (E DWARD M OTE ) When he shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in him be found, Dressed in his righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne.
19. John Wesley made the doctrine more and more central to his ministry over time (see note 15 in Chapter One). ” George Whitefield, Select Sermons of George Whitefield (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1958), p. 54. And in a sermon on Jeremiah 23:6, titled “The Lord Our Righteousness,” he said, “How the Lord is to be man’s righteousness, comes next to be considered. And that is, in one word, by imputation. In that [human] nature [Christ] obeyed, and thereby fulfilled the whole moral law in our stead; and also died a painful death upon the cross, and thereby became a curse for, or instead of, those whom the Father had given to him.