Progressive justification (see https://paulspassingthoughts.com/?s=progressive+justification ) does not make sense. That’s it. A quick look at the thief who got saved on the cross. Did he make it in time, or did Jesus lie to him? I mean, how much time did that guy have to progress unto/into salvation and its assurance? Hours? Was it enough? Was he justified in time? Yes, it’s a silly example, but it cuts to the heart of the thing, but thousands have been struggling with the idea of progressive justification. Being born-again/New Birth, that one-time event, justifies us there and then. You are saved THEN, made righteous THEN (Romans 3:20-25), and then, naturally, we grow into the knowledge of God as we continue our new lives. If we are not justified at the time of conversion, then Jesus’ death and resurrection were but spectacles put on for show…and powerless, meaningless, a crazy nothingness.
In the spirit of the great Reformation Day (and “act” of God, I’ll have you know), let me jump off topic. Let it not be held against me that I am linking to a Catholic site regarding one of their own, Luther. But this has to be seen to be believed (you can even download and listen to Catholic Bridge’s “Greatest Hits”, and I’m sure that “Proud Mary” is one of the songs. There, purgatory for me, 666 years of it; RoseMARY’s baby, sigh).
Anyway, please enter the site carefully (don’t be distracted by the images of a younger George Clooney Jesus lookalike or strange titles such as “Our Lady of Seven Sorrows”; no joke) and read Luther’s quotes about Mary. Oh, and there are some interesting quotes about Mary by Calvin, Zwingli, Bullinger, and J. Wesley (yes, the Methodist camp that produced Methodist Calvinists such as Whitefield. Go figure).
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