Five Quotes from ‘A Student’s Guide to Justification’

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We were glad to have the opportunity to preview Greg Meyer’s wonderful new book, A Student’s Guide to Justification,  part of a series called Track by Rooted Conference sponsor and friend Reformed Youth Ministry. Here are five quotes about justification we hope you’ll share with the teenagers in your life—right along with this book.

“First of all, justification is an ‘act of God.It is something God does without our help.  Further,  it  is  a  ‘judicial’  act. God,  as  the  Righteous Judge, is declaring something about us as if in a courtroom setting. In justification, instead of receiving the ‘guiltyverdict we justly deserve, God declares us to be innocent in His sight on account of Christs righteousness being applied to us. When God looks at us now, He sees Jesus” (p. 24).

“The  grounds  (or  basis)  of  our  justification is  not  our  own  goodness.  Its  not  because  of  our  good  deeds.  Its  not  even  because  of  our  faith in Jesus. Jesuswork on our behalf is the only grounds for our justification. In fact, this is  the  very  point  that  the  Apostle  Paul  works  hard  to  make  in  Romans  1:18–3:20.  Though  no  one  is  righteous  and  can  approach  God,  Christ the Righteous One sacrifices Himself as a payment for our sin and gives us His perfect righteousness as a free gift of grace received by faith alone (2 Cor. 5:21)” (p. 47).

“As  Derek  Thomas  is  fond  of  saying:  ‘Christ  received  the  covenant  curse  so  that  we   might   receive   the  covenant   blessing.’   In  the  Cross,  He  gets  what  we  have  earned  (death)  and  gives  us  what  He  earned  (eternal  life).  Incredibly,  in  this  God  remains  just  by  punishing  sin,  while  at  the  same  time  being  ‘the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus(Rom. 3:26)” (p. 48).

“Faith is not a work, its not something we can take pride in. It is simply the receiving of  what  Christ  has  accomplished.  Instead  of  trying  to  prove  ourselves  or  make  ourselves  acceptable to God, we receive what Christ has already  done.  We  trust  that  He  has  provided  and  that  it  is  enough  –  for  our  forgiveness  and  for  our  righteousness.  This  requires  us  to  be  humble  and  accept  that  we  cant  earn  our  own  salvation” (p. 55).

“Out  of  this  sure  and  settled  place  of  love  and  justification,  we  are  empowered  to  live  holy lives  where  we  can  rejoice  even  in  the  midst  of sorrow and suffering. Even in our greatest losses,   most   colossal   failures,   and   deepest   griefs  we  can  be  assured  that  we  belong  to  God in love” (p. 73).

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