It has been suggested in recent years that the true sense of Rom 2:13 is that it intends to say that there are two stages to justification, an initial justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone and an alleged “final” justification (of which Scripture as understood by the Reformed confessions knows nothing) in which our “Spirit-wrought” sanctity will have a role. In this scheme God is supposed to recognize what is intrinsically true of us and declare us righteousness partly on the basis of Christ’s righteousness for us and partly on the basis of our inherent, Spirit-wrought sanctity. This quasi-Romanist view is being peddled as if it were Reformed. OPC pastor and WSC grad Joshua Martin dissents from this view and explains why here.
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