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Justification : The Suffers Great Hope by John H. Gerstner

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Justification the Suffers great hope By John H. Gerstner

If you are suffering you need to remind yourself constantly you are jusified by Faith.

The doctrine by which the church stands or falls")-so said Martin Luther about justification by faith alone. John Calvin agreed, calling justification by faith the "hinge" of
the Reformation. But was that the historic Christian view?

One may say generally of the history of the doctrine of justification that
solafideanism (justification ­ by ­ faith ­ aloneism) was taught
implicitly, but not explicitly, from the beginning of the church That is,
it was known in the early church that salvation was by faith alone, but not
until the sixteenth century was the church called upon to define that
teaching more precisely. Those in the church who had quietly apostatized
opposed this essential truth (adheres of Tridentine Roman Catholicism),
while the faithful (Protestants) affirmed it. The Reformers defined and
refined the doctrine in the fires of controversy.

The historian of doctrine, Louis Berkhof, correctly observed that in the
early church faith "was generally regarded as the outstanding instrument
for the reception of the merits of Christ, and was often called the sole
means of salvation."(1) Faith rather than works was "repeatedly expressed
by the Apostolic Fathers, and reoccur[s] in the Apologists."'

The most influential theologian of the early church was certainly Augustine
(354­430). Before we consider his teaching about our crucial doctrine, we
note in passing that the standard creed of the Reformation, the Augsburg
Confession (1530), found solafideanism in Augustine's mentor and
predecessor, Ambrose, under whose preaching Augustine was converted.
Article VI of the Confession speaks of solafideanism: "The same
[justification by faith] is also taught by the Fathers: For Ambrose says,
'It is ordained of God that he who believes in Christ is saved freely

In spite of this, many cannot find the doctrine in Augustine. Many
historical theologians interpret him as con fusing justification with
sanctification, of which justification is merely a part.(3) This is not
accurate, however. Though Augustine finds justification and sanctification
inseparable, they are not indistinguishable. Augustinian justification
leads into sanctification, but is not confused with it.

According to Augustine, man's faith in Christ justifies him.(4) Confession
of Christ is efficacious for the remission of sins.(5) We are justified by
the blood of Christ, (6) and we have no merits which are not the gifts of
God.(7) Of course, faith is active through love (fides quae cantate
operatur), but this does not imply that justification is on the basis of

Before we leave Augustine, a relatively recent Roman Catholic work requires
attention. Father P. Bergauer's Der Jakobusbrief bei Augustinus (The
Epistle of James According to Augustine) shows clearly that Luther
disagreed not only with the Epistle of James but with Augustine as well.(8)
Luther became convinced that James was opposed to Paul's doctrine of
justification by faith alone and thus dismissed the epistle as
non-canonical. This is well­known, but Bergauer also notes that in so
doing, Luther was consciously departing from Augustine as well. We sadly
agree with Bergauer that Luther erred with respect to both James and
Augustine. Bergauer's work confirms, however, what we will shortly note,
that Luther was clearly a solafidean, although without recognizing that
James and Augustine were also. The Reformer erred, apparently because he
could not find explicit forensic language in either James or Augustine.

Ian Sellers sees that it is the post­Augustinian movement which "conflates
the immediacy of the act of justification with the later process of
sanctification."(9) Nevertheless, many post Augustinians kept their
concepts clear as we will see even in the Scholastic era, though many did

Some Roman Catholics like to cry "Forward to the Middle Ages," thinking
that they there find authority for their antisolafidean doctrine. But Adolf
Harnack insisted that if the medieval church had followed its favorite
teacher, Thomas Aquinas, on justification, the Reformation would not have
been necessary. The great earlier Scholastic theologian, Anselm, was also
solafidean. He wrote his belief in a tract for the consolation of the
dying, quoted here by A. H. Strong!

"Question. Dost thou believe that the Lord Jesus died for thee? Answer. I
believe it. Qu. Dost thou thank him for his passion and death? Ans. I do
thank him. Qu. Dost thou believe that thou canst not be saved except by
hits death? Ans. I believe it" And then Anselm addresses the dying man:
"Come then, while life remaineth in thee: in his death alone place thy
whole trust; in naught else place any trust; to his death commit thyself
wholly, with this alone cover thyself wholly; and if the Lord thy God will
to judge thee, say, "Lord, between thy judgment and me I present the death
of our Lord Jesus Christ; no otherwise can I contend with thee.' And if he
shall say that thou art a sinner, say thou: 'Lord, I interpose the death of
our Lord Jesus Christ between my sins and thee. 'If he say that thou hast
deserved condemnation, say: 'Lord, I set the death of our Lord Jesus Christ
between my evil deserts and thee, and his merits I offer for those which I
ought to have and have not.' If he say that he is wroth with thee, say:
'Lord, I oppose the death of our Lord Jesus Christ between thy wrath and
me. 'And when thou hast completed this, say again: 'Lord, I set the death
of our Lord Jesus Christ between thee and me.' " See Anselm, Opera (Migne),
1:686, 687. The above quotation gives us reason to believe that the New
Testament doctrine of justification by faith was implicitly, if not
explicitly, held by many pious souls through all the ages of papal

Thus medieval Scholastics still taught justification as an instantaneous
act. It was not until the Council of Trent (1545­1563) that justification
was officially confirmed as a process based on human merit derived through
divine grace. This was the article-Session VI, Canon 7 of the Council of
Trent-which led the Roman Catholic Church away from the orthodox teaching
on justification.

For Luther, Romans 1:17 and Matthew 4:7 taught that the righteousness of
God was his mercy and pardon. Out went all human merit from indulgences to
works of supererogation. As Article IV of Melanchthon's Augsburg
Confession, of which Luther approved, phrased it "Men can be justified
freely on account of Christ through faith, when they believe that they are
received into grace and that their sins are re misted on account of Christ
who made satisfaction for sins on our behalf by his death. God imputes this
faith for righteousness in his own sight." Luther elsewhere affirms that
Christ's righteousness is ours and our sins are his. Thus, he who was
innocent became guilty of depravity, while we who were depraved became

Calvin, in his Institutes (3:11,15,20,27), citing Augustine and Peter
Lombard, taught the same doctrine. Though the Genevan saw union with Christ
preceding faith (whereas for Luther it followed faith), Berkhof is
justified in saying "however Calvin may have differed from Luther as to the
order of salvation, he quite agreed with him in the nature and importance
of the doctrine of justification by faith."" Yet Edward Boehl (1836­1903)
is correct that Calvin avoided basing justification on the mystical union
which equaled inter course with God. However, this does not justify Boehl
in saying that later Reformed theologians did so identify and thus
approached the Lutheran heretic, Osiander.(12) (Osiander held to a belief
in "essential righteousness," where the Reformed tradition never deviated
from the doctrine of "imputed righteousness.")

Nevertheless, John Tillotson, Samuel Clarke, and some other Anglicans did
introduce Tridentine thinking into the Church of England by confusing the
inseparability of faith and works with the meritoriousness of each.

This same tension toward meritorious righteousness in and by the justified
threatened Puritanism from the beginning That Anglican John Donne
(1573­1631) and Congregationalist John Owen (1616­1683), champions of
solafideanism, admitted infused righteousness while denying any merit in it
shows their sensitivity to the problem. Christopher Fitzsimmons Allison, in
The Rise of Moralism, traced this English development into Arminianism and
beyond in a somewhat parallel way to Joseph Haroutunian's American sketch
in Piety Versus Moralism.(13)

Puritanism could admit-in fact, insist upon-sanctification (infused
righteousness) as strenuously as imputed righteousness. It was inseparably
connected with it. The one thing sanctification did not do, for the
Puritans, was sup plan/justification. As we saw, Owen did not even hesitate
to speak of justinia inhaerens. Righteousness was wrought in a man because
it was first imputed to him. The evidence that it was imputed to him was
its being wrought in him.

There is a sense in which Puritans saw righteousness as being wrought­in
before being imputed­to. This was the prior union with Christ as the
psychological basis of justification. "The foundation of imputation is
union. Christ and believers actually coalesce into one mystical person"

How did Arminianism emerge out of solafideanism? What was the solafidean
offense that led to the departure?

The offense which some found in solafideanism was that it taught acceptance
by faith only. If this is so, the Arminians argued, an unsanctified man
could go to heaven, and that could never be. They were partly right, since
an unsanctified man can never go to heaven. But they were partly wrong, for
one justified alone is not justified by the faith that is alone. Faith is
inseparably connected with works, or sanctification, or inherent

Once again, the error was in a failure to understand the truth. A correct
objection was based on an incorrect apprehension. How often had the
Reformers proclaimed with James (and Paul) that faith without works was
dead. Justification without sanctification did not exist. As we have seen,
solafideans were not opposed to inherent righteousness except as a
justifying righteousness, which was precisely what Rome claimed it to be.
The orthodox were as opposed- more opposed-to Antinomianism than the

Not understanding that solafideanism gave works a proper role, the
Arminians found an improper role for them. Since works, they felt, had to
justify-and sinners had none-they used faith to bring down works to a
sinner's level. That is, they saw the work of Christ as satisfying God with
the imperfect works of men. "Christ brought down the market," according to
Richard Baxter.(14) Our inadequate righteousness was made acceptable
through Christ.(15) Allison says that this was the imputation of faith of
Baxter, Goodwin, and Woodbridge versus the imputation of Christ's
righteousness of Owen, Eades, Gataker, Walker, and also of the early
Anglicans Hooker, Andrewes, Downame, Davenant, Donne, Ussher, and Hill.(16)
Commenting on Arminianism, A. H. Strong has agreed with other scholars that
the"Wesleyan scheme is inclined to make faith a work.... This is to make
faith the cause and ground, or at least to add it to Christ's work as a
joint cause and ground, of justification; . . "(17)

This, however, is a rather infelicitous way of expressing the difference.
It amounts to a pun on the word impute. The imputation of Christ's
righteousness construes imputation as a reckoning of, or accrediting to,
Christ's righteousness. The imputation of faith in this contrast means
regarding faith as acceptable which, by legal definition, it is not. Even
the Arminians admitted that it was not really acceptable to God (as
Christ's righteousness was); but the Son twisted his Father's arm to make
him act as if it were. This soteriological perversion was called
neonomianism (new lawism) because it was not the perfect law of God which
was maintained but a new, stepped down, imperfect, "lawless" law of God. So
it became a lapse into justification by works which were not even works.


This was the Arminian import from England that was becoming Fashionable in
the colonies, much to the distress of the solafidean pastor of Northampton.
He had already warned Boston about it in 1731: "Those doctrines and schemes
of divinity that are in any respect opposite to such an absolute and
universal dependence of God, do derogate from God's glory, and thwart the
design of the contrivances for our redemption."(18) In 1734 he felt
constrained to bring the matter home to his own people in Northampton with
his lectures on justification by faith alone.

The Nature of Justification,. For Edwards, justification means being free
of guilt and having a righteousness entitling to eternal life. This is made
plain at the very beginning of the dual lecture on Romans 4:5 .(19)
Commenting on Romans 8:29 , Edwards says: "In justification viz, the pardon
of sins through Christ's satisfaction and being accepted through his

We become "free of guilt" by receiving "pardon." Nevertheless justification
does not consist only of pardon, but, says Edwards in Miscellany 812:

It does not in strictness consist at all in pardon of sin but in an act or
sentence approving of him as innocent and positively righteous and so
having a right to freedom from punishment and to the re ward of positive
righteousness Pardon as the word is used in other cases signifies a
forgiving one freely though he is not innocent or has no right to be looked
on as such There is nothing of his own he has to offer that is equivalent
to innocence, but he justly stands guilty; but notwithstanding his guilt he
is freed from punishment. But the pardon we have by Christ is a freeing
persons from punishment of sin as an act of justice and because they are
looked upon and accepted as having that which is equivalent to innocence .
. .

Justification consists in imputing righteousness. To pardon sin is to cease
to be angry for sin. But imputing righteousness and ceasing to be angry are
two things. One is the foundation of the other. God ceases to be angry with
the sinner for his sin because righteousness is imputed to him....

Persons cannot be justified without a righteousness consistent with God's
truth for it would be a false sentence It would be to give sentence
concerning a person that he is approvable as just that is not just and
cannot be approved as such in a true judgment. To suppose a sinner pardoned
without a righteousness implies no contradiction, but to justify without a
righteousness is self contradictory.

Righteousness Though the definition of justification is more comprehensive,
the actual doctrine of the sermons on Romans 4:5 is that "we are justified
only by faith in Christ, and not by any manner of virtue or goodness of our
own."(21) This is, of course, the tenor of the text used "Now to him that
worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is
counted for righteousness." The contrast in Ed. wards' statement is between
"faith in Christ" and "virtue or goodness of our own." As Edwards develops
the concept, however, the contrast is not between our faith and our
goodness but between Christ's goodness and our non­goodness. Referring to
our faith is a shorthand way of referring to Christ's righteousness, which
is crucial. The "merit" is Christ's.(22)

In a later sermon on Romans 4:16 , Edwards seems to reduce justification to
righteousness, but a "twofold righteousness": "Nothing else seems to be
intended by it in the New Testament than a persons being looked upon by God
as having a righteousness belonging to him and God accordingly judging of
it meet that he should be dealt with as such."(23) This twofold
righteousness consists of freedom from guilt which the First Adam
enjoyed-and actual fulfillment of a law-which only the Second Adam
achieved. This righteousness may be performed by the person himself as the
First Adam was supposed to do and the elect angels did. Or it could be by
"some other person who has performed it for him whose act God sees meet to
accept for him, as fallen men are justified."(24)

This is important to Edwards because he sees no way of justification for a
person except by righteousness. "Works are the fixed price of eternal life;
it is fixed by an eternal unalterable rule of righteousness."(25) There can
not be justification without righteousness. Edwards solemnly reiterates the
Reformed emphasis on righteousness in justification by faith alone. God
justifies the "ungodly"(26) to be sure, but Ed. wards carefully explains
this: "We must indeed be saved on the account of works; but not our own. It
is on account of the works which Christ hath done for us."(27)

In the sermon on Matthew 7:21 , Edwards puts the matter plainly: "God acting
the part of a judge determines and declares that men have a righteousness
and as they are justified by works.."(28)

The Romans 4:5 sermon gives us the rationale of imputed righteousness:

While from Christ, he must behold him as he is in himself; and so his
goodness cannot be beheld by God, but as taken with his guilt and
hatefulness; and as put in the scales with it; and being beheld so, his
goodness is nothing, because there is a finite on the balance versus an
infinite, whose proportion to it is nothing

Though a respect to that natural suitableness between such a qualification,
and such a state, does go before justification, yet the acceptance even of
faith as any goodness or loveliness of the believer, follows
justification....But to suppose that God gives a man an interest in Christ
in reward for his righteousness or virtue is inconsistent with his still
remaining under condemnation 'til he has an interest in Christ. .. (29)

The Basis of Justification. So justification is righteousness, how ever we
come by it. We do not come by it by ourselves, but by Christ. How we come
by it by Christ is the question.

Edwards' answer is clear: Christ's righteousness belongs to the faithful by
virtue of their "natural union" with him. The Reformers, especially Calvin,
and the Puritans, especially Owen, also saw union with Christ as the basis
of justification. Edwards is, perhaps, even more precise in two ways:
First, he observes that Christ achieves his own righteousness which,
second, becomes ours by union with him. Christ "was not justified 'til he
had done the work the Father had appointed him, and kept the Father's
commandments through all the trials: and then in his resurrection he was
justified."(30) And in him we are justified because of the "natural
fitness" of those united to him possessing what he achieved for them.

When it is said that we are not justified by any righteousness or goodness
of our own, what is meant is, that it is not out of respect to the
excellency or goodness of any qualifications or acts in us whatsoever, that
God judges it meet that this benefit of Christ should be ours and it is not
in any wise, on account of any excellency or value that there is in faith,
that it appears in the sight of God a meet thing, that he that believes
should have this benefit of Christ assigned to him, but purely from the
relation faith has to the person in which this benefit is to be had, or as
it unites to that mediator, in and by whom we are justified.(31)

Before a person believes, he is not possessed of this congruity.(32)

At this point Edwards goes further than his predecessors by distinguishing
between a "twofold fitness,"(33) which he calls natural and moral. He
affirms the first and denies the second as belonging to the believer. The
second is denied because, he reasons, it would imply an "amiableness" in
the believer's faith which it does not possess A "natural suitableness" is
always included in a "moral," but natural suitableness "by no means
necessarily includes a moral."(34)

The Means of Justification. If natural fitness or congruity is the basis of
justification, the Edwardsean means to it is faith, faith alone and
uniquely. This is very clear in the addresses on Romans 4:5 . It is
brilliantly exhibited in the later sermon on Romans 4:16 , "That the grace
of God in the new covenant eminently appears in this, that it proposes
justification by faith."(35) Faith, according to Miscellany 1280, is not
really a "condition" because Christ is the "ultimate condition" and
besides, there are other "conditions." (36) "Faith is that in them which
God has regard to upon the account of which God judges it meet that they
should be looked upon as having Christ's righteousness belonging to 'em . .
. upon the account of which God in his wisdom sees it proper that they
should have an actual communion with Christ in his righteousness."
Continuing he states that "though we can't be justified without other
graces and shall be justified with them yet we are not justified by 'em
because they are not what God has regard to upon the account of which he
judges it proper that men should be looked upon as being in Christ and so
having an interest in his righteousness."(37) Nor are we justified by faith
considered as a work ("by virtue of the goodness or loveliness of it").

As with Luther and others, the marriage analogy was a favorite of Edwards.

As when a man offers himself to a woman in marriage; he doesn't give
himself to her as a reward of her receiving him in marriage: Her receiving
him is not considered as a worthy deed in her, for which he rewards her, by
giving himself to her, but 'tis by her receiving him, that the union is
made, by which she hath him for her husband: Tis on her part the unition it
self. The woman, by virtue of her natural union with the husband as one
flesh, becomes also the possessor of all that belongs to the man: his
position, wealth, and the like So with the believer: by his natural union
with Christ by the Spirit he becomes the possessor of all the righteousness
of Christ also.(38)

That faith is the means is clearest of all in the later Miscellanies 831,
877, and 1250. Almost the last Miscellany, 1354, is dedicated to this


Granted that Edwards was correct in his analysis of the biblical doctrine
of justification, what proof does he offer that it was true? For Edwards,
such a question was impertinent. The Bible is the Word of God. What it
teaches, God teaches. Against the deists, Edwards argued that each
proposition of revelation did not have to be separately demonstrated any
more than each proposition of sense or history had to be separately

In the sermon on Romans 4:20 he discusses Abraham's faith as he had
elucidated the faith of saints in general in his exposition of Habakkuk
2:4.(40) The theme of this very early sermon is "That saints do live by
faith."(41) The young preacher defined faith as the soul's acquiescing in
the divine sufficiency, specifically the sufficiency of Jesus Christ. He
then takes up the question of how spiritual life comes by faith. Faith, he
says, entitles one to life. If anyone fears the shadow of Catholicism
there, Edwards hastens to explain that faith is "that by which the soul is
united to Christ." It is Christ alone who entitles to life.

The inspired Word of God everywhere teaches this essential doctrine.
Miscellany 725 had many references to the doctrine, even in the Old
Testament, even in statements that were cited in evidence against the
doctrine. His more famous lectures on Romans 4:5 abound in biblical
references for this indispensable doctrine, dealing pointedly with the
Roman Catholic claims to the contrary.


Thomas A. Schafer observes that Jonathan Edwards said much less about this
doctrine in his last twenty years.(42) He shifted his focus from this fruit
of Arminianism to its root in the libertarian, voluntaristic view of the
will. As Edwards concludes in his Freedom of the Will, all Reformed
doctrines were subverted by the Arminian view of freedom.(43) The third
part is entitled: "Wherein Is Inquired, Whether Any Such Liberty of Will as
Arminians Hold, Be Necessary to Moral Agency, Virtue and Vice, Praise and
Dispraise, etc."(44) In it he proved not only that Arminianism was not
necessary to virtue but that it doomed the biblical way of virtue and
salvation. As in "Justification by Faith" he saw the Arminian way of
salvation with its stress on human righteousness as the end of human and
divine virtue.

There can be no doubt that this doctrine was as essential for Edwards as
for Paul and the Reformers. The contrary doctrine, he insists, citing
Romans 9 and 10, is "fatal" and "another gospel," according to Galatians
1:6. It is the substitution of man's virtue for Christ's, a legal system
for the gospel, the covenant of works for the covenant of grace.

"I am sensible," he concludes, "the divines of that side [Arminianism]
entirely disclaim the popish doctrine of merit and are free to speak of our
utter unworthiness, and the great imperfections of all our services. But
after all, they maintain, it is our virtue, imperfect as it is, that
commends men to God.... Whether they allow the term merit or not, we are
accepted by our merit in the same sense as the first Adam."(45)

In his discussion of James and Paul, Edwards notes that they were using the
word justify in different senses, and he insists that we should alter the
words there "because there is no one doctrine in the whole Bible more fully


Jonathan Edwards made many contributions to the historic doctrine of
justification by faith alone. He continued it as the central doctrine of
Christianity and American Protestantism, affirming it in God Glorified in
Man's Dependence (1731), proving it in Justification by Faith (1734),
establishing its metaphysical foundation in Freedom of the Will (1754), and
expounding it in numerous published and unpublished sermons.

He connected it inseparably with the covenant of grace, showing that
covenant theology, so far from being "incipient Arminianism," was the
antithesis of it. In fact, he demon strafed that Arminianism was founded on
a covenant of works mentality, and was essentially a denial of the gospel
and purely gracious salvation.

In line with Calvin and Puritanism he saw union with Christ as the grounds
of justification. And going beyond his own tradition he developed
"fitness," or natural congruity, as the corollary of union with Christ,
sharply contrasting it with any "moral fitness" in faith or obedience.

More sharply than any he saw the sense in which justification by faith
alone rested ultimately on justification by works-the works of Christ. He
showed that faith justified works rather than works justifying faith.
"Rewards" were explained thoroughly in solafidean terms, while he
annihilated any concept of merit anywhere except in Jesus Christ.

He made the doctrine of justification the centerpiece in evangelism. God
himself confirmed this doctrine by a great awakening following its
preaching Edwards' prelude to his most celebrated evangelistic proclamation
of "Justification by Faith Alone" cites this:

The following discourse of justification, that was preached (though not so
fully as it is here printed) at two public lectures, seemed to be
remarkably blessed, not only to establish the judgments of many in this
truth, but to engage their hearts in a more earnest pursuit of
justification, in that way that had been explained and defended; and at
that time, when I was greatly reproached for defending this doctrine in the
pulpit, and just upon my suffering a very open abuse for it, God's work
wonderfully brake forth amongst us, and souls began to flock to Christ, as
the Saviour in whose righteousness alone they hoped to be justified. So
that this was the doctrine on which this work in its beginning was founded,
as it evidently was in the whole progress of it.(47)


1. Berkhof, History of Doctrine, 207.

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.,211. Berkhof does grant that "in some passages he [Edwards]
evidently rises to a higher conception."

4. Whitney Oates, ea., The Basic Writings of St. Augustine (New York:
Random House, 1968),2:142.

5. Ibid.,2:215.

6. Ibid., 2:286.

7. Ibid., 2:826.

8. P. Bergauer, Der Jakobusbrief bei Augustinus (Freiburg, Germany: Herder,
Wren, 1962).

9. Ian Sellers, "Justification," in The New International Dictionary of the
Christian Church, ed. J. D. Douglas (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1978),557.

1. A. H. Strong, Systematic Theology (Old Tappan, NJ.: Fleming H. Revell,

11. Berkhof, History of Doctrine, 225.

12. Edward Boehl, Justification, trans. C. H. Riedesel (Grand Rapids:
Eerdmans, 1946), 59.

13. Christopher Fitzsimmons Allison, The Rise of Moralism (New York:
Seabury, 1966).

14. Quoted in Allison, Rise of Moralism, 157.

15. Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology (Greenwood, SC.: The Attic Press,
1960), 3:133f.

16. Allison, Rise of Moralism, 177.

17. Strong, Systematic Theology, 864.

18. Works (Carter), 4:177.

19. Ibid., 4:64 132. First published in Discourses on Various lmportant
Subjects (Boston: S. Kneeland and T. Green, 1738).

20. Contribution Lecture, December 7, 1739.

21. Works (Carter), 4:64­132 32.

22. See Miscellanies 797 and 829 and sermons on Romans 5:17 and Galatians
4:4, 5.

23. Sermon on Romans 4:16 , probably between winter and summer 1730.

24. Ibid.

25. Works (Carter), 4:371.

26 Ibid.

27. Ibid.

28. Sermon preached before 1733.

29. Gerstner, Steps to Salvation, 76, 77.

30. Works (Carter), 4:66. In this connection Edwards cites I Peter 3:18 and
I Timothy 3:16 in support of his contention.

31. Ibid., 4:69.

32. Ibid.,2:517.

33. Ibid., 4:73.

34. Ibid.

35. Sermon on Romans 4:16 (see note 23).

36 Ibid.

37. Ibid.

38. Quoted in Gerstner, Steps to Salvation, 146.

39. Cherry, Theology of Jonathan Edwards, 203.

40. Outline sermon delivered at Nathan Phelps' home, December 1743, later
in 1753 at Stockbridge Holdings of Andover Divinity School.

41. Sermon preached before 1733.

42. Thomas A. Schafer, "Jonathan Edwards' Conception of the Church," Church
History, Vol.24, No. I (March 1955).

43. Freedom of the Will, 431 437.

44. Ibid., 275 333.

45. Sermon on Romans 4:5 .

46. Works (Carter), 4:124.

47. Ibid., 4:116

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