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Justification and Sanctification

Michael J. McClymond and Gerald R. McDermott

in The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199791606
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932290 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791606.003.0025
Justification and Sanctification

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Edwards departed from conceptions of justification that became hardened only after some time among some segments of the Reformation tradition. He was faithful to Luther and Calvin's rejection of merit and their emphasis on the forensic and external location of justification in Christ's alien righteousness. But he saw integral connections between justification and sanctification, and so enlarged the conception of justification—as had Luther, later Reformed scholastics, and Thomas Aquinas. Justification involves sanctification because they are different aspects of salvation, and the salvation of one believer is only one eternal act in God's mind. That one act is grounded in Christ's work outside the believer, but it cannot be disconnected from Christ's work within the believer.

Keywords: Luther; Calvin; Reformation; justification; sanctification; Aquinas; forensic justification; Reformed tradition

Chapter.  9752 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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