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Justification and Sanctification Distinguished

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Sanctification is about our being conformed to Christ inwardly, but justification is about something different though related; it is about God's declaration of righteousness based on the imputation of the righteousness of Christ.

It is a difficult and perhaps even a dangerous task to take a single doctrine from the body of Christian theology and isolate it. You have to ensure that the doctrine being extracted and examined is not given a life independent of the body from which it is taken. In other words, care must be given that the doctrine being isolated for examination is not considered a part that is greater than the whole. The possible danger of magnifying a single doctrine is the risk of appearing to undervalue any or all of the doctrines not being treated simultaneously. Having provided this warning, scrutinizing the doctrine of justification by faith is a valuable enterprise because it is so often misunderstood.


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Pastor Kenneth Jones is a native of Los Angeles, California. He attended high school in Gardena, CA and Pepperdine University Malibu. He was ordained to the pastorate in 1983 and has served as Pastor of the Greater Union Baptist Church in Compton, California for the past eighteen years. He has co-hosted the White Horse Inn radio broadcast since 1995. He is a frequent conference speaker as well as a contributing writer for Modern Reformation and Table Talk magazines. He established the Compton Academy for Protestant Studies and is on the Board of Directors of The Rafiki Foundation. Pastor Jones and his wife Lisa have been married for 28 years and are the parents of one son.

Issue: "RIGHT WITH GOD: Why Justification Still Matters" March/April 2002 Vol. 11 No. 2 Page number(s): 29-31

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