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Christ "For Us" and "In Us": A Comparative Analysis of the Objective/ Subjective Theological Term of the Doctrine of Jus
Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Christ “For Us” and “In Us”: A Comparative Analysis of the Objective/ Subjective Theological Term of the Doctrine of Justification by Kenneth Grider and John Murray Introduction The theological views on justification and atonement comprise a major point of contention among subsequent scholars of the Reformation.
The Objective work of Christ refers to the work Christ undertook on our behalf within the context of history (i.e., time and space). The fact that Christ’s work in this sense stands outside of us, we are able to appreciate how God is at the center of our salvation. The Subjective work of Christ, on the other hand, is done in us and to us through the work of the Holy Spirit. As a result, the faithful are called, leading to repentance and faith, sanctification, and finally assurance of salvation. The Calvinist teaching on justification by faith alone is at the center of the subjective theology. ‘Therefore we must now discuss these matters thoroughly. And we must so discuss them as to bear in mind that this is the main hinge (the doctrine of justification by faith) on which religion turns, so that we devote the greater attention and care to it. For unless you first of all grasp what your relationship to God is, and the nature of his judgment concerning you, you have neither a foundation on which to establish your salvation nor one on which to build piety toward God.’2 Christ “for us” refers to the doctrine that as long as an individual has faith in Christ and what he has done for us, then he is saved. ...
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