The Atonement: Getting a Grip on the Gospel of Grace – Part I

A new Christian Theology Blogger: Dr. John H. Harbison

The Glory of the Grind

In the opening chapters of the book of Romans, the apostle Paul shows the barrenness of paganism and idolatry and the deficiency of morality and religion. His conclusion is a devastating indictment:

There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks after God . . . there is none who does good, there is not even one (Romans 3:10-12).

This would leave the reader of the book of Romans with this question: How can a person stand before God and claim to be righteous?

Beginning in verse 21 of Romans 3, Paul uses the words “But now”—a great contrast, a startling revelation. Only the intervention of God in grace can answer this question. That answer will be the doctrine of justification by grace through faith. In order to make sure you do not miss the point, Paul presents this truth in three…

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