Righteousness in Christ

brettbarclay's picture

I am interested in starting a discussion on righteousness and justification and have created free resources (text and audio) aimed at helping lay-people understand these crucial Christian subjects. It is not a scholarly or academic work, but aims to inform ordinary believers, using accesible language and concepts, the vital truths of their righteousness in Christ.

With this in mind, I'd like to discuss what other believers, ministers and clergy (from varying theological and denominational persuasions) feel are the critical subjects that must be explained and 'unpacked' to help Christians understand and apply righteousness and justification truths.

I would be grateful for any input forum members are available to provide.

ShotgunBill's picture

I'm not sure about the differences myself...

Although, I would venture to say the greatest difference between Old Testament justification...and New Testament justification would be, not so much in word or understanding, but in Jesus Christ.

Not being a theologian, I'm usually at a loss with the deeper considerations.

I do believe though, that in the Old Testament, God wasn't speaking to us (we didn't exist...yes, the Old Testament, the law, the prophets, the psalms, etc. are God's speakings. And they are profitable to us today, being totally and fully the inspired Word of God. However, we do need to see the distinctions between the two speakings, just as you note we need to see the distinctions between justification in the two), but to the fathers of Israel by the prophets,

"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets" Hebrews 1:1.

Since that speaking ended with John the Baptist,"For all the prophets and the law prophesied (which is defined as 'speaking' in 1 Cor.14:3. I realize the term 'speaking' isn't in common use, but it is my understanding, and how I am able best to assimilate the truth of it) until John." Matt.11:13.

God put into place a second speaking for us, "Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son", Hebrews 1:2. Obviously, in these last days, God isn't speaking to the fathers of Israel by the prophets, for they don't exist now...

So God spoke to Israel through the prophets until John. God speaks to us today through His Son, Jesus Christ, (On the Mount of Transfiguration God said, "This is my beloved Son, HEAR HIM"). There are distinct differences between the two speakings, (add as many dispensations to the scriptures as you like, but there still remain only two 'speakings') between the Old Testament and the New.

The primary difference in the two speakings, as I understand it, between the O.T. and New Testament, is again, Jesus.

And so I am assured then, that you are absolutely correct, and that there are distinct differences between Old Testament justification and New Testament justification (honestly, it never occurred to me, and you can rest assured I'll be 'investigating' further).

Thank you! I am sincerely happy to take instruction from any member of this forum, on virtually any subject, and I appreciate your taking the time to do so. God Bless...