Wednesday, July 8, 2009

If Only Piper and Wright Had Read Jenson a Decade Ago...

"There is also a rather odd and very different temptation that must be mentioned, which was once unique to Protestantism but seems to be spreading: to suppose that adherence to the Reformation doctrine of justification is itself a sufficient condition of faithfulness, that is, to confuse a set of instructions about the gospel with the gospel itself. The short statement of the gospel is 'Jesus is risen,' not 'We are justified by faith.' The gospel is a story about Jesus and us, not a linguistic or existential stipulation. For this reason, it is possible to dispute the hermeneutic doctrine of justification while in fact proclaiming the gospel according to its intention or to loudly maintain that we are justified by faith alone while never speaking the gospel at all."

—Robert Jenson, Systematic Theology: Volume 2: The Works of God (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), p. 293

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