Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: “The Power of God unto Salvation” Romans 1-6
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Kim HulbertAugust 5, 2019
Excellent article. Thank you for your research. Your justification and sanctification meanings are spot on and so insightful. So much food for thought. Can't wait for your next contribution.
VardellAugust 2, 2019
Great article! And thank you for including interpretation from great non LDS scholars like John MacArthur. His explanation of justification and sanctification is spot on. Paul gives us a great discourse of the doctrines of salvation, but the Book of Mormon gives us examples. The application of justification and sanctification is perfectly illustrated in the accounts of Alma and the people of King Benjamin. (And also Enos, Lamoni's father, the Lamanites in Helaman 5) Paul has explained that we are justified by our faith, not works. See how perfectly this is illustrated in the story of Alma. He was a wicked man, yet when confronted by an angel he suffered a painful repentance. Alma then merely thinks of Christ and mentally prays, "Jesus thou son of God, have mercy on me." (Alma 36:18) From this simple act of faith Alma is justified (born again, forgiven, changed to a state of righteousness) (Mosiah 27:24) The people of King Benjamin experience the exact same thing. Had Alma done years of good deeds and good works? No! So these are text book illustrations of justification and like Paul says, "therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law." Good works do not earn salvation, but they will always follow one who is forgiven and changed by Christ.
Kathy EnsignAugust 1, 2019
Thank you! I copied many excerpts from this outstanding article into my journal tonight. Everything Diana Webb had writen and the fabulous resources she quoted gave me much to ponder and treasure, especially about justification and sanctification and the covenant nature of grace. I also was enriched by her exploration of the ancient Greek and Hebrew words involved in her research for Romans 1-6, especially "charis".
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