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Letter from Volume 37
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Your series of articles on "Righteousness by Faith" are magnificent. But may one who goes with you all the way ask your further consideration of Calvin's Institutes III.xii, where he brings us before the judgment of God. Is not this at least a glimpse of what we now designate as eschatological justification? This is the second of his eight chapters on justification and so is germane to his whole discussion of this great doctrine. Your reconsideration of it may lead to a slight modification of your statement that "The Reformation stopped short of a rounded-out eschatological consciousness" (Present Truth, Feb, p.14) or at least to a recognition that here Calvin glimpsed the final judgment.
William C. Robinson, Professor Emeritus
I appreciate your emphasis on the fact that we are justified on the basis of an alien (Christ's) righteousness, not on the basis of any righteousness in ourselves. You write in your December issue: "Having made him [the believing sinner] righteous by the imputed righteousness of Christ, God pronounces him just and treats him as if he were righteous."—p. 20. In order to clarify your position a bit more, would you agree with the following statements of the late Professor John Murray in his book, Redemption Accomplished and Applied?
After reading your article on "Righteousness by Faith and Sanctification" in the March issue of Present Truth (pp.6-14), I am interested in retaining the entire Righteousness by Faith" series for my files.
Thank you for the recent issues of Present Truth on "Righteousness by Faith." It is some of the most stimulating material that I think you have yet produced. There is no pussy-footing around the most difficult issues, and controversial matters are given a sympathetic and thorough treatment.
I applaud your restraint in dealing with the man whose evaluation of Karl Barth ranked the renowned theologian with the worst perpetrators of the "Holocaust." It is an indication that you at least understand the important difference between the contemplation of and the doing of the truth. Any forum of ideas about Christian theology and theologians presupposes kindness and fairness, among other things. We can bend our minds in many ways to explain Christ's doing and dying—none of which is worth anything short of a demonstration of Christ's Spirit in the process. The world will still know we are Christians by our love, not by our theological interpretations. You underscored for us that there is no place whatever for name-calling in "reasoning together." We all need to be a little more loyal and obedient to the parts of God's Word which enjoin us to be "tenderhearted" and "forgiving" and which warn us about the persistent dangers of our tongues.
The letter entitled "Monstrous Miscreant" prompts me to belatedly commend you for printing the material by Barth. To me it is an indication of strength rather than weakness that a magazine dedicated to a "new Reformation" is willing to print material from a variety of perspectives.
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