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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Book Review: Brian Vickers - Justification by Grace

http://trade.ivpbooks.com/largecovers/9781596380509.jpgJustification is a great doctrine to study in the Bible. It is so fundamental. Without it our salvation would be non-existent. 

There is so much logic to how God accomplished our salvation. God can not disregard the Law that He gave. The Law shows the very character of God. He can not deny Himself.

  • How can God justify the guilty?
  • How can He forgive their sin and still be just?
  • Can a judge forgive the guilty without destroying justice and without becoming an unjust judge?

Vickers answers these and other questions in this wonderfully written book.

It was a joy to see God's plan unfolded in each page. All glory is given to the one who accomplished our salvation. It is not about us and what we do. It is about what Christ done. He is our righteousness. He took our punishment. We are righteous through Him. Works come because we are justified, not to accomplish it.

It is not of ourselves, so that we can not boast. We are totally reliant on God, who is both Just and the Justifier.

I had already read Vicker's book, "Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness". That book was about imputation. This book covers some of the same ground, but focuses more on Justification.

I enjoyed this book. It is packed with good exegesis and I love a book with footnotes! It is neither a simplistic read nor a chore. He takes some deep truths and explains them to the satisfaction of the new and mature believer alike.



His section on James is great.

I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free of charge from P&R Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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