Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Frederick Mayer

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Romans 1:17; Romans 1:24; Romans 3:8; Romans 1:19-2:19; Romans 2:25; Romans 3:9-10; Romans 3:20; Romans 1:18; Romans 3:21-23; Romans 4:5; Romans 1:3; Romans 3:24-25; Romans 5:12-21; Romans 5:6-11; Romans 4:3; Genesis 15:6; Genesis 17:10; Romans 1:16; Romans 10:8; Romans 10:15; Romans 6:3; Romans 10:12-17; Romans 1:9-11; Romans 10:1-4; Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 3:31; Romans 6:1-2; Romans 8:3-4; Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 2:22-23; Romans 5:1-3; Romans 15:13;


The purpose of this thesis is to present the relationship which exists in St. Paul's Letter to the Romans between Justification and Sanctification. From time to time this “mother and her child” have fared differently from various groups of religious minded people. In their devotion to the “mother" some have forgotten "her child" or at the most given it scant attention, resulting in cold formalism and dead or the orthodoxy until finally even the mother" herself died. Others beholding this devotion to the "mother" to the utter neglect of the "child” began to espouse the cause of the child until finally the child was elevated to occupy the throne of the mother. Luther once declared that the ability to distinguish rightly between the Law and the Gospel, and to relate them correctly to each other, was indeed a "very high" art for the Christian theologian. To maintain the proper relation between sanctification and justification is no less an art for the Christian theologian.

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