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    Some Problems with Legal Universal Justification

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    Some Problems with Legal Universal Justification

    Post by ManOfPeace on August 17th 2012, 12:05 pm

    This brief paper catalogues a number of issues that must be addressed in any serious discussion of the theme.

    Some Problems with Legal Universal Justification
    Ángel Manuel Rodríguez

    1. Legal universal justification separates God's justifying act from the reception of the gift of the Spirit, or the new birth. Legal universal justification is a totally objective act that does not make any difference in the life of the individual until he or she is justified by faith, that is to say, when the person decides not to reject the gift of justification that is already his or hers. Therefore, those who have been legally justified, the whole human race, have not been baptized by the sanctifying presence of the Spirit in their lives; they know nothing about the new birth. In the Bible the legal declaration of justification is followed by the reception of the Spirit and the new birth. It is impossible to separate the two even though we do not equate them. Legal universal justification does not only separate them but in some cases the second event, the baptism of the Spirit, never takes place because some reject the gift of legal justification>>>

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