Concordia Theological Monthly

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Objective Justification

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reconciliation, justification, nonimputation, st. paul, trespasses, righteousness, atonement, doctrine, redemption

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The doctrine of justification is rightly regarded to be the central doctrine of the Scriptures. All other teachings of the Bible either point to it, or they radiate from it. We can understand neither the work of Christ's redemption nor the work of the Spirit's sanctification if we do not understand the doctrine of justification. Luther calls it "diesen einigen und festen Felsen," and says: "In meinem Herzen herrscht allein dieser Artikel, naemlich der Glaube on Christum, aus welchem, durch welchen und zu welchem alle meine theologischen Gedanken fliessen und zurueckfliessen." (Luthers Vorrede zum Galaterbrief, St. Louis, IX: 9.) Let no one, then, count it time lost which he spends in the study of this fundamental doctrine of our faith.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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

Psalm 14:3; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 1:18; Romans 3:19; Romans 2:13; Romans 7:12; Romans 10:5; Romans 8:3; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 5:19; James 2:10; 2 Peter 3:9; 2 Corinthians 5:19;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars