Wednesday, November 01, 2006

My Thoughts on Justification by Faith

Thank you to those who have joined in the discussion concerning my previous post. I have been reading My Utmost for His Highest as my nightly devotional for about two months now. This piece, "Justification by Faith," was the devotional for October 28, and it has been on my mind since I read it that night.

When reading it the first time, it took me a while to fully comprehend all that Chambers is trying to convey. It is one of the deeper subjects that I have read thus far of his devotionals. Overall, I am very pleased with what he had to say, and I do believe it is a great devotional. As it has been stated in the comments to the other post, I would like if Chambers would make further comments on the actual subject of justification by faith. Bro. Joseph made this comment: " I would prefer greater clarification on the actual subject of justification by faith to make it clear that our "right relationship" with God as children is prior to our belief. Belief or assent effects my "relationship" with God only from the standpoint of my obedience and ability to manifest what He has already worked in me. " I agree with his statement, and also wish Chambers would have made more clarification about that.

The following sentence is another that I found to be interesting: "The Spirit of God brings justification with a shattering, radiant light, and I know I am saved, even though I don't know how it is accomplished." We know how we are saved and justified...through Christ's death on the cross. I think a better way to say this would have been..."I know I am saved, even though I don't know why it was accomplished."

My main reason for posting about this devotional was that I was very pleased with what Chambers had to say. In previous devotionals, and ones I have read since October 28, Chambers makes statements that seem very contradictory to what he said in this particular one. In"Justification by Faith," Chambers seemed to make it clear that our salvation and justification are already accomplished...completely finished...and there is nothing we can, or have, to do ourselves. He does not seem consistent with this belief in all of his devotionals.

While the piece was somewhat difficult to understand, I think it is a good explanation of doctrinal truths that are often difficult for me to put into words.

Feel free to make more comments and add your thoughts into the discussion!

4 comments:

jweyel said...

I agree with your thoughts on Chambers and his writing. You are correct about the seeming inconsistency between his writing on this subject and his writing regarding the purpose and effect of the gospel. It is amazing to me how easily many theologians and Christians seem to be able to separate their belief concerning God's sovereignty from its application to their life and ministry.

jweyel said...

You quoted: "The Spirit of God brings justification with a shattering, radiant light, and I know I am saved, even though I don't know how it is accomplished."

Is it possible that Chambers here meant exactly what he said? Is he suggesting the possiblility that one may be justified by faith without the gospel or a conscience acknowledgement of the name or doctrine of Jesus Christ? Knowing and relating to the person of Christ without knowing his name or the gospel? Is the experience of the blind man in John 9 an example of this kind of justification?

lydia said...

Sorry for the long delay in commenting on what you had to say.

I hadn't thought of the statement in this way, but now I do believe that could be what Chambers meant. Thank you for that explanation.

strem said...

I'm trying to study through this...so I am also sorry for the delay in my comments. Hopefully, soon, I'll get my thoughts together. I loved your questions, jweyel. Got me thinking.