The Apostle Paul is known to be one of the most significant influences in modern Christianity. His conversion, church-building and encouragement from his letters has been the cause of widespread faith known today. Though there are many translations and versions of the original text, there are core themes Paul stood for that are fundamental to Christianity. Some of these major themes include: righteousness, reconciliation, grace, justification, sanctification, redemption, cosmos, and the cross. This paper will take an inductive approach at two of those themes; righteousness and justification.
What does the term justification mean? Dr. Charles Stanley explains, "The Greek verb tense used in this verse means a once-and for-all transaction (“What does justification by faith mean?” n.d.). Being divinely pardoned is an additional description assisting in understanding its meaning.
Paul referred to justification numerous times in his letters to the Romans and Galatians. Romans 3:24 (NIV) says, “And all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Paul is talking about the act Christ took on the cross when He died the horrific death. This was payment for the sins of those who believe in Him. Paul is saying Christ gave the gift of justification and believers are no longer bound to the law of sin. Verse 3:28 (NIV) adds,“For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.” In Romans 5:9 (NIV), Paul says, “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” He appears to consistently point to Jesus’ sacrificial act as an acquisition from sin for those who believe. A key factor for accepting j...
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...t the household gets the benefits without paying anything out of their own pocket. They are recipients that receive full benefits to the power of buying because the price of the membership was already paid. As long as one remains under the roof of card holder, it does not matter if they are adopted, live-in housekeeper or the dependent aging parent; they all receive the advantages without distinction.
As Paul longs to pass on the importance of these key messages that can be categorized into individual themes, it is still evident that all themes are interconnected and of equal value. As seen in scripture, we have access to righteousness, justification, grace, redemption as well as the other key points Paul makes. The bottom line always leads to an individual’s choice, and some, just like Paul, may need the experience and not only the text, to come to that conclusion.
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