Counted Righteous in Christ: Should We Abandon the Imputation of Christ's Righteousness?

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Crossway, 2002 - Religion - 141 pages
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Are Christians merely forgiven, or do they possess the righteousness of Christ? Recently the time-honored understanding of the doctrine of justification has come under attack. Many question how—or if—we receive the full righteousness of Christ.

Martin Luther said that if we understand justification “we are in the clearest light; if we do not know it, we dwell in the densest darkness.” And now, in this new and important book, John Piper accepts Luther's challenge. He points out that we need to see ourselves as having been recipients of the imputation of Christ's righteousness and therefore enjoy full acceptance with God and the everlasting inheritance of life and joy.

Piper writes as both a pastor and a scholar. His pastor's heart is shown in his zeal for the welfare of the church. His careful scholarship is evident in each explanation and undergirds each conclusion.

“Does Christ's lifelong record of perfect obedience to God get 'credited' to your account when you trust in Christ and are 'justified' by God? This has been the historic Protestant understanding of the 'imputation of Christ's righteousness,' but John Piper warns that we are in danger of losing this doctrine today because of attacks by scholars within the evangelical camp. In response, Piper shows, in careful treatment of passage after passage, that the imputation of Christ's righteousness to believers is clearly the teaching of the Bible, and if we abandon this doctrine we will also lose justification by faith alone. I am thankful to God for John Piper's defense of this crucial doctrine.”
Wayne Grudem
Research Professor of Theology and Bible
Phoenix Seminary

“The Gospel must be defended in every generation. Today, as in the sixteenth century, the central issue is the imputation of Christ's righteousness. John Piper clearly and powerfully proves this is the view of the Bible and not merely of orthodox Protestant theology. The church must say 'No!' to those who declare that imputation is passé. If imputation is passé, then so is the Gospel.”
R. C. Sproul
President, Ligonier Ministries
Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics
Knox Theological Seminary

“This is certainly the most solid defense of the imputed righteousness of Christ since the work of John Murray fifty years ago. I'm delighted that Dr. Piper has established that important doctrine, not as a mere article from the confessional tradition, but on the solid foundation of God's Word.”
John M. Frame
Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy
Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

  

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Review: Counted Righteous in Christ: Should We Abandon the Imputation of Christ's Righteousness?

User Review  - Mark A Powell - Goodreads

Are Christians justified by an internal or external righteousness? Piper presents a thorough, step-by-step exegetical argument that leaves only one clear interpretation: Christians are justified by ... Read full review

Review: Counted Righteous in Christ: Should We Abandon the Imputation of Christ's Righteousness?

User Review  - Richard Cleary - Goodreads

Excellent presentation of Mainstream evangelical view of justification. Anglican N. T Wright does a much better job setting the conversation of justification in first century Judaism. Mark Nanos sets ... Read full review

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Page 13 - A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing ; A time to get, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate ; A time of war, and a time of peace.

About the author (2002)

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don't Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?

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