What does it mean to be justified? Humanity is in a desperate state; our sins separate us from the holy God. To be justified through Christ means we are covered in his righteousness and God no longer looks on us as guilty sinners. In this joyous action there is a depth of meaning and theology, and in this new booklet from the Gospel Coalition, Philip Ryken directs us to the Bible’s rich teaching on the subject.
He begins with our need for justification as found in the opening chapters of Romans and moves on from there, covering the source of justification, the basis for justification, and the place of imputation in relation to the doctrine. This booklet makes for an accessible introduction to this central doctrine.
Justification offers a thoughtful explanation for point 8 of The Gospel Coalition’s Confessional Statement (quoted at the bottom of this page). The coalition is an evangelical renewal movement dedicated to a Scripture-based reformation of ministry practices.
- The Need: Universal and Desperate
- The Centrality: “Hinge”, “Foundation”, “Chief Article”
- Meaning: To Declare Righteous
- Source: God’s Free Grace
- Basis: Jesus’ Perfect Life and Sacrificial Death
- Righteousness: A Triple Imputation
- The Means: Faith in Christ
- Goal: Good Works for the Glory of God
- Recipients: People Like Us
About the Author
Philip Graham Ryken (DPhil, University of Oxford) is the eighth president of Wheaton College. Formerly, he served as senior minister of Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written or edited more than 40 books, including the popular title Loving the Way Jesus Loves. Dr. Ryken has lectured and preached at universities and seminaries worldwide.