Justified by the Resurrection: A Reformation Insight for Today

Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007

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) The sentence is from Romans 4:25. Martin Luther places it at the head of Part Two of the Schmalkaldic Articles (1527): "Here is the first and chief article: (1) That Jesus Christ our God and Lord, 'was put to death for our trespasses and raised for our justification' (Rom. 4:25)." The ...

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