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Justified by the Resurrection

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It is a striking fact that one particular sentence from St. Paul occurs in three foundational documents of the Reformation. And it is not Romans 1:17! Moreover, each document uses this sentence to highlight some aspect of the doctrine of justification. (1)

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1 [ Back ] See Article XI of the 39 Articles (1563): "Of the Justification of Man. We are accounted righteous before God, only for the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by Faith, and not for our own works or deservings. Wherefore, that we are justified by Faith only, is a most wholesome Doctrine, and very full of comfort, as more largely is expressed in the Homily of Justification."
2 [ Back ] Of Article IV, "Concerning Justification."

Dr. Paul F. M. Zahl is rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Issue: "Why Does Matter Matter?" May/June 1998 Vol. 7 No. 3 Page number(s): 28-30

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