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The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology
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Thomas R. Schreiner
& Ardel B. Caneday

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Panel Discussion of N. T. Wright's on Justification

Panel – N.T. Wright and the Doctrine of Justification

By Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Dr. Denny Burk, Dr. Tom Schreiner, Dr. Mark Seifrid, Dr. Brian Vickers

Read comments on the panel discussion here, on Justin Taylor's blog.

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Bruce J. Russell, Sr. said...

I keep hearing that Wright wrongly views justification as ecclesiological and not soteriological. Could it be that both are aspects of justification?

When a son of Adam becomes a son of God through faith, isn't the declaration of such more of a legal/ecclessiological/eschatological hybrid?

A. B. Caneday said...

As I have shown somewhere in an earlier blog entry, I would say that there is both a soteriological and an ecclesiological dimension to justification. However, at precisely the wrong point, namely when N. T. Wright defines "justification," he elevates the ecclesiological aspect and suppresses the soteriological dimension.

Romans 2:13 speaks to the ecclesiological aspect of "justification" in that it designates whom the Lord will justify. It is "the doers of the law."

Bruce J. Russell, Sr. said...

So the "who" of "justification" in Romans 2:13 begs for the fuller exposition of "who" and "how" found in Romans 3:19-26...

3:19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 3:20 For no one is declared righteous before him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin. 3:21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed – 3:22 namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 3:24 But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 3:25 God publicly displayed him at his death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate his righteousness, because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. 3:26 This was also to demonstrate his righteousness in the present time, so that he would be just and the justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness.