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#1 John Buckle

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:53 AM

File Name: Justification A New Covenant Blessing
File Submitter: John Buckle
File Submitted: 19 Sep 2017
File Updated: 19 Sep 2017
File Category: Books
Author: Dr. - Zane C. Hodges
theWord Version: 3.x - 4.x
Suggest New Tag:: Justification, New Covenant, Blessing

In a previous article, it was shown that the prophecy in Jeremiah 31 about the New Covenant involved a promise of regeneration.[1] This article will consider the question of whether it also entailed a guarantee of justification. After all, as seen in the previous article, Paul considered himself a minister of the New Covenant. Again, I quote his words in 2 Corinthians 3:5-6:
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Of course, the doctrine of justification by faith was a crucial part of the Pauline gospel. The question being raised is this: Did Paul think of justification by faith as a benefit included in the promises made in the New Covenant?
The solution to this question is not quite as obvious as the issue discussed in the previous article. It is plain that the New Covenant anticipated regeneration, but did it also anticipate justification?

[1] See Zane C. Hodges, “Regeneration: A New Covenant Blessing,” Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society (Fall 2005): 43-49.

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