The Reformations doctrine of justification as an alien, imputed righteousness has been under attack for several years now. Professor Brian Vickers has done the church a service not by laboring through the recent challenges for a negative result, but by offering a positive, fresh exposition from the Scriptures. With breathtaking scope he traces Christs imputed righteousness from the pages of Genesis all the way to Paul and James. Along the way he calms the troubled soul since Gods declaration of righteousness does not depend on individual worthiness, whether before or after conversion, and yet the justified are never the same again. Their fruit vindicates the Lord at the judgment.
Brian Vickers Justification is a delightful read with its pastoral warmth and engaging style. Too easily and too often this crucial doctrine becomes merely an abstract, academic debate. Vickers, while aware of the debates, constantly roots the discussion in the impact and benefit this teaching should have for life according to the Scriptures. Vickers years of teaching this material in seminary and missions settings is apparent as he explains careful and well, writing in a way that flows easily. I warmy commend it to all.
Written discussions of justification are often topical or historical in bent, and understandably so. Brian Vickers has produced a concise and Reformed survey of justification that is exegetical and biblical-theological in focus. Taking us from Genesis to the New Testamentand never losing us along the wayhe admirably shows the flowering and unfolding of the doctrine of justification in Scripture. Vickers scholarship makes this informed study an important contribution to the literature. Well-organized and accessibly-written chapters, study questions, and a pastors heart make it a delight to read. I heartily commend it.