Justification: Understanding the Classic Reformed Doctrine  -     By: J.V. Fesko
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P & R Publishing / 2008 / Paperback

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John Fesko has written a comprehensive defense of justification by faith alone that treats several theological traditions and current exegetical, theological, and ecumenical debates. His work includes discussion of the covenant of works, union with Christ, the New Perspective on Paul, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Roman Catholicism and reflects this pastor-scholar's sensitivity to the important issues.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 512
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1596380861
ISBN-13: 9781596380868
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Justification is a comprehensive restatement of the classic Reformed doctrine of justification by faith alone. Fesko explains the doctrine in terms of the ordo and historia salutis, as well as in the light of recent challenges.

Author Bio

J. V. Fesko (BA, Georgia State University; MA, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; PhD, University of Aberdeen) is working with the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society of Biblical Literature and the Institute for Biblical Research.

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“John Fesko’s work on justification is an outstanding contribution to the discussions about this doctrine in the present day. This is a very thorough study that encompasses investigation of justification in several different theological traditions through history as well as in contemporary exegetical, theological, and ecumenical debates. . . . This work is well researched, properly nuanced, and clearly written.” —David Van Drunen, Westminster Seminary California

“This book is destined to become a standard work for all those who want a deeper understanding of this crucial doctrine. In addition to providing sound exegesis of relevant passages, Fesko is sensitive to important nuances in historical theology and contemporary discussions.” —Michael Horton, Westminster Seminary California

"John Fesko has given the church a thorough and welcome treatment of the doctrine of justification. It is reliable, Reformed, and relevant. Now I know where to direct students, ministers, and interested congregants for a ‘one stop shop’ overview of justification by faith alone." -Guy Prentiss Waters, Associate Professor of New Testament Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi

Author Bio

J. V. Fesko is a pastor and an adjunct Professor of Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta. His eduction includes a BA from Georgia State University (1991); an MA from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1996); and a PhD from University of Aberdeen (1999).

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Justification: Understanding the Classic Reformed Doctrine is a comprehensive restatement of the classic reformed doctrine of justification by faith alone. This book explains the doctrine in terms of the ordo and historia salutis, as well as in the light of recent challenges.

Topics include justification in relation to:

  • Church history
  • Imputation
  • Union with Christ
  • Redemptive history
  • Sanctification
  • The covenant of works
  • Final judgment
  • The work of Christ
  • The church
  • Roman Catholicism
  • Justification by faith
  • The new perspective on Paul
  • Eastern Orthodoxy
  • Editorial Reviews

    John Fesko has given the church a thorough and welcome treatment of the doctrine of justification. It is reliable, Reformed, and relevant. Now I know where to direct students, ministers, and interested congregants for a ‘one stop shop’ overview of justification by faith alone.
    John Fesko’s work on justification is an outstanding contribution to the discussions about this doctrine in the present day. This is a very thorough study that encompasses investigation of justification in several different theological traditions through history as well as in contemporary exegetical, theological, and ecumenical debates. Fesko offers a helpful biblical and theological defense of the traditional, confessional Reformed doctrine and explores some especially challenging issues in creative yet orthodox ways. This work is well researched, properly nuanced, and clearly written. I highly recommend this work for both scholars and intelligent readers in the churches.
    John Fesko has an uncanny ability to tackle difficult subjects and make them clear to a wide audience and his new book on justification does just this. So many important and timely topics are covered: the covenant of works, union with Christ, the New Perspective on Paul, Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism. I heartily recommend Justification: Understanding the Classic Reformed Doctrine.
    By the author’s frank admission, there is nothing new in this book. He picks no fight with the Reformed tradition and he senses no burden to redefine justification for our age. And therein lies the value of this remarkable study. Fesko surveys the historical development of the doctrine of justification with careful attention to primary sources. He demonstrates the exegetical basis for the doctrine and its rich connection with the unfolding of redemptive history, and he defends key elements of justification – such as the instrumentality of faith alone and the imputation of Christ’s active obedience – from contemporary efforts to dilute or modify them. The result is an encyclopedic treatment of what Calvin called the “main hinge on which religion turned,” and an indispensable resource for the defense of the Reformed faith in our time.
    Well-informed, careful, and full of insight, this book is destined to become a standard work for all those who want a deeper understanding of this crucial doctrine. In addition to providing sound exegesis of relevant passages, Fesko is sensitive to important nuances in historical theology and contemporary discussions. OR Fueled by controversies in Pauline studies, ecumenical rapprochement, and common cultural agendas, books defending, rejecting, or modifying the doctrine of justification seem rather plentiful at present. However, New Testament scholars, church historians, and systematic theologians do not often do a very good job covering each other’s field—on an issue that requires considerable knowledge of each of these. This book is a cut above in that sense. As much on his home turf in historical theology as he is in Old and New Testament studies, Fesko is a young pastor-scholar of the older sort. All of this means that with this volume generalization is not lost to specialization nor vice versa. It is a difficult job to pull off—especially on such an important and contested doctrine—but this book does it and does it very well.
    Against the rising tide of New Perspective on Paul advocates who seek to separate justification from soteriology, Fesko affirms the Reformed view of justification as found in the Westminster Standards. It is well worth reading.
    Pastor Fesko is also Professor Fesko, and it shows in this comprehensive study of the doctrine of justification. His grasp of the important interrelated disciplines is compelling. Rich in biblical theology, concise in systematic theology, and respectful of the boundaries of historical theology, Fesko artfully weaves an accurate and insightful account of the doctrine of justification. The result is a comprehensive treatment of a critical subject; a first class piece of scholarship with tremendous pastoral implications and applications. This is the kind of systematic theology of which the church is in desperate need—grounded in careful exegesis and done in the context of the church and its confessions—written from the heart of a pastor. This book is timely tour de force in which all who would diminish, compromise, or confuse this central Pauline doctrine are answered with clarity and cogency. Fesko is not afraid to tackle the difficult questions being raised about justification today. At least in our circles, and I think far beyond, this will be the book to reckon with on this subject for many years to come. To be clear on the reason that sinners may be accepted by a holy God is a crying need of the church today.

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