October 2007 Ordained Servant

A Journal for Church Officers

E-ISSN 1931-7115

Locating the Doctrine of Justification

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From the Editor. I recently discovered that in the first fourteen years of Ordained Servant there was not one article on justification. The absence is clearly not because we view justification as unimportant, but because, until quite recently, this primary doctrine was never doubted or controverted in Reformed circles, at least within living memory. To accent the importance of this doctrine in our history I am republishing a sermon by J. Gresham Machen on Galatians 3:10-14.

In this issue we look at the doctrine of justification in terms of the uniqueness of its Reformed formulation. John Fesko explores the eschatological dimension of justification in its relationship to final judgment. Mark Garcia accents the uniqueness of the Reformed understanding of the place of justification in the system of doctrine, in his review article of two apparently very different books on justification.

Blessings in the Lamb,
Gregory Edward Reynolds

Ordained Servant exists to help encourage, inform, and equip church officers for faithful, effective, and God glorifying ministry in the visible church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Its primary audience is ministers, elders and deacons of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, as well as interested officers from other Presbyterian and Reformed churches. Through high quality editorials, articles, and book reviews we will endeavor to stimulate clear thinking and the consistent practice of historic Presbyterianism.

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