Sunday, March 12, 2017

Packer: justification by faith

Sunday, March 12, 2017
    The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”
    —Galatians 3:8 (NIV)
    Martin Luther described the doctrine of justification by faith as ... the article of faith that decides whether the church is standing or falling. By this he meant that when this doctrine is understood, believed, and preached, as it was in New Testament times, the church stands in the grace of God and is alive; but where it is neglected, overlaid, or denied, ... the church falls from grace and its life drains away, leaving it in a state of darkness and death.
    ... James I. Packer (b. 1926), introductory essay to The Doctrine of Justification [1867], James Buchanan, London: Banner of Truth Trust, 1961, p. vii (see the book)
    See also Gal. 3:8; Gen. 18:18; 22:18; 16:4; 28:14; Rom. 1:16-17; 3:21-24,29-30; 9:30; Gal. 3:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, let faith reign in my heart, through Your promised blessing.
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