We continue our Romans sermon series, Justified, this weekend by taking a dip in Romans 3.21-31, the magna carta for the Protestant doctrine of Justification by Faith Alone: that because of Christ’s death in your place, you’re made right with God by nothing other than faith.
Indeed for many in Reformed and Evangelical circles, Justification is synonymous with the ‘Gospel.’
The problem with conflating Justification with the Gospel is that the Gospels themselves do not so identify Justification as the Gospel.
According to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (in fact, Peter and Paul as well), the Gospel is the proclamation that Jesus the crucified Messiah has been raised and ascended to be Lord over creation.
Conflating Justification with Gospel leads to this provocative question: Did Jesus preach the Gospel?
Listen to Scot McKnight tackle this question, taking many a evangelical to task: