Just and JUSTIFIER
Romans 3:21-26
We all know that Piper says that the "just and the justifier" idea is the central theme of the passage and of the Bible.
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We all know that Piper says that the "just and the justifier" idea is the central theme of the passage and of the Bible. This seems to hold water, as the unifying idea of the first half of the passage(no distinction, needy of grace through faith alone) and the second half of the passage(it was an outrage for God to forbear past sins and needed to vindicate himself). The phrase is a perfect unifier of those seemingly contradictory ideas through the justifying blood of Christ, which both justified the sinner and "justified" God's past actions. The question I have is whether either of these-- "just" or "justifier"-- is ultimate. Is the ultimate point of the cross to show God's righteousness, or is it to set helpless sinners free by His abundant mercy? In other words, in God's mind from all eternity past, did He think first, "I will show my righteousness to these people through demonstrating my unrelenting punishment of sin, even the killing of my Son," or, "I will show my unrelenting mercy to these stubborn and rebellious people by killing my Son."? I think it's the second. The demonstration of God's justice could have been accomplished through the direct punishment of the sin of the people. Eternal condemnation demonstrates that just fine. I think the demonstration of His commitment to punishing sin was a justice-preserving necessity(a very God-glorifying necessity), but not the center of the plan. The passage seems to point to the vindication of God's righteousness as the final and ultimate point, but I think it is more of an explanation of the necessary and strikingly powerful demonstration of mercy in satisfying His justice.
10000000011431 11431 Notes 2009-08-21 08:57:02 2009-08-21 11:34:09 We all know that Piper says that the "just and the justifier" idea is the central theme of the passage and of the Bible. This seems to hold water, as the unifying idea of the first half of the passage(no distinction, needy of grace through faith alone) and the second half of the passage(it was an outrage for God to forbear past sins and needed to vindicate himself). The phrase is a perfect unifier of those seemingly contradictory ideas through the justifying blood of Christ, which both justified the sinner and "justified" God's past actions. The question I have is whether either of these-- "just" or "justifier"-- is ultimate. Is the ultimate point of the cross to show God's righteousness, or is it to set helpless sinners free by His abundant mercy? In other words, in God's mind from all eternity past, did He think first, "I will show my righteousness to these people through demonstrating my unrelenting punishment of sin, even the killing of my Son," or, "I will show my unrelenting mercy to these stubborn and rebellious people by killing my Son."? I think it's the second. The demonstration of God's justice could have been accomplished through the direct punishment of the sin of the people. Eternal condemnation demonstrates that just fine. I think the demonstration of His commitment to punishing sin was a justice-preserving necessity(a very God-glorifying necessity), but not the center of the plan. The passage seems to point to the vindication of God's righteousness as the final and ultimate point, but I think it is more of an explanation of the necessary and strikingly powerful demonstration of mercy in satisfying His justice. notes
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Romans 3:21-26
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But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law,
although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it--
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the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.
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For there is no distinction:
for all have sinned
and fall short of the glory of God,
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and are justified by his grace as a gift,
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
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whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood,
to be received by faith.
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This was to show God's righteousness,
because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.
It was to show his righteousness at the present time,
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so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
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10000000011431 11431 Arc 2009-08-21 08:57:02 2009-08-21 11:34:09 editing Romans 3 21 3 26 Romans 3:21-26 45 NT esv i311672 i311673 i311674 i311658 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, i311659 although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it-- concessive 2 1 i311660 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. ideaexplanation 1 i311675 i311661 For there is no distinction: i311676 i311677 i311662 for all have sinned i311663 and fall short of the glory of God, actionresult 2 i311678 i311679 i311680 i311664 and are justified by his grace as a gift, i311665 through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, actionmanner 1 i311681 i311666 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, i311667 to be received by faith. actionpurpose 2 ideaexplanation 1 i311682 i311683 i311668 This was to show God's righteousness, i311669 because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. i311670 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, bilateral 1 i311671 so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. actionpurpose 2 actionpurpose 2 series ideaexplanation 1 ideaexplanation 1 1 1 1 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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