Saturday, March 14, 2009

Justification With the World on Its Shoulders

In the midst of discussion about a conference featuring Jerry Bridges, Justin Buzzard at the Buzzard Blog dropped this little nugget.
But justification is not just a doctrinal matter. This subject is of the greatest concern to the day-to-day life of every Christian. J. I. Packer has written that "Justification by faith is like an Atlas: it bears a world on its shoulders, the entire evangelical knowledge of saving grace." The great Puritan, Thomas Watson, commented: "Justification is the very hinge and pillar of Christianity. An error about justification is dangerous, like a defect in a foundation. Justification by Christ is a spring of the water of life."
Atlas holding up the world - I like it! What a great image. Makes on want to shout the Five Solas.