The Already and the Not Yet of Justification

Fellow Basketeer Rob (that’s “the Right Rev. Hadding” to you) has already brought up the subject of justification. And eternal justification, if memory serves. I didn’t weigh in much.

But here’s a little something from the Leithart archives that you may not yet have seen.

Justification is not the end of a story, but the beginning.

Consider Noah, who was righteous in his generations, and who was seen/judged righteous before Yahweh.

To be justified is to be distinguished from the wicked generation.
To be justified is to be preserved when the judgment falls.
To be justified is to be set up on Mount Ararat to offer thank offerings.
To be justified is to be renewed in the Adamic commission, to enter a new creation to rule and subdue it.

Justification is not the end of a story, but the beginning. And the story is the story of new creation.

I’m not sure what point on the outline this would fit into in Grudem’s or Berkhof’s or Hodge’s systematic. But, then, that is a glorious thing, isn’t it?

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4 responses to “The Already and the Not Yet of Justification

  1. To be justified is to walk out of a crowded showing of There will be Blood and look at your best friend. Your best friend who told you after the first preview that it would be an okay movie but then you said no, this movie will rock our worlds, so much so that you will look back on this day and say, wow, on that day my world was rocked. And you look at your best friend and give him the knowing smile and say, “Well?”.

  2. K-Trizzle,
    That is the coolest definition of justification yet. Thelogically it is a train wreck, but it is way cool, Junior.

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