I’m looking for a few readings for my Galatians class on justification, and I came across this excellent few paragraphs.
Who said it?
In its universal sense justification seems to underlie Paul’s argument for the universality of the gospel; there is no distinction between Jews and Gentiles. But in its more restricted sense justification is concerned with the identity of the people of God, and the basis of its membership.
Justification language appears in Paul both with reference to the inauguration of the life of faith and also its final consummation. It is a complex and all-embracing notion, that anticipates the verdict of the final judgment (Rom 8:30-34) by declaring in advance the verdict of ultimate acquittal. The believer’s present justified Christian existence is thus an anticipation and advance participation of deliverance from the wrath to come, and an assurance in the present of the final eschatological verdict of acquittal (Rom 5:9-10).
Would it pass as orthodox theology?