God’s Mercy Surpasses His Justice (Tues. June 21)

The word of the day is “accounted.”   When we hear that God “accounts” faith as righteousness, we are likely to think of our salvation in terms of a law court. And if we use this metaphor for understanding the work of Christ for our justification, we may think of it as a legal acquittal of the debt we owe God for our sins.  Today we reconsider what Paul means when he says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness” (OSB 4:3).  We will present a contrasting view to the usual emphasis on justice.  This perspective stresses the mercy of God, His active benevolence that brings us into a restored relationship with Him. In today’s reading of…

On Justification: Why Explanations of God’s Mercy Surpass Those of Divine Justice (Tues. June 29)

The word of the day is “accounted.”   When we hear that God “accounts” faith as righteousness, we are likely to think of our salvation in terms of a law court.  What is more,  if we use this metaphor for understanding the work of Christ for our justification, we may think of it as a legal acquittal of the debt we owe God for our sins.  Today we consider what Paul means when he says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness” (OSB 4:3).  We will present a contrasting view to the emphasis on justice.  This perspective stresses the mercy of God, His active benevolence that brings us into a restored relationship with Him. In today’s reading…