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JD wrote: Thanks for your comment Tisbe, but I doubt that I would have ever figured that out. I really do not think I am smart enough. It is much too complicated. ... I think my best option, given my, er, "mental limitaions" is to just try to believe the simple ........ But please, do not think I am not impressed with such ability as you seem to have. It is almost like you are inspired!
JD I thought that you were feeling left out or unloved [ ]when you complained below about nobody speaking to you.
So I was just trying to cheer you up with some good Biblical Reformed Teaching and accurate exegesis.
Paul, who makes explicit the way in which "righteousness" comes to sinners, and who puts the idea of "imputed" righteousness at the basis of his doctrine of Justification. By the righteousness of Christ Paul means Christ's legal status, or the merit acquired by all that He did in satisfying the demands of God's law, including what has been called His active and passive obedience. Notwithstanding the fact that most of the modern expositors of Paul's doctrine have denied that he teaches the imputation of Christ's obedience, this doctrine has a basis in the apostle's teaching. Justification leads to life and final glorification (Rom 5:18; 8:30) and Paul always conceives the obtaining of life as dependent on the fulfillment of the law. If, therefore, Christ secures life for us, it can only be in accordance with this principle. Accordingly, the apostle emphasizes the element of obedience in the death of Christ, and places this act of obedience at the basis of the sinner's justification (Rom 5:18). He also represents the obedience of the cross as the culminating point of a life of obedience on Christ's part (Phil 2:8). Moreover, Paul affirms that our redemption from all the demands of the law is secured by the fact that Christ was born under law (Gal 4:4).