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Re-Post: Iustitia Dei, or Justification and the New Man…

March 4, 2016

Iustitia Dei, or Justification and the New Man
January 26, 2010

If we look at Augustine’s idea of Justification, we will find that he believed “iniustitia” to be the right ordering of man with his own created order. And thus “Justification is therefore essentially a ‘making right’, a restoration of every facet of the relationship between God and man, the rectitude of which constitutes iustitia.” (Alister McGrath) And thus it is not really in legal or forensic terms, but transcends them to that place of God and man, in union together. Of course it does have moral and legal aspects, but this is not the primary concept. But the New Man In Christ!

“Augustine’s understanding of iustitia is so broad that this could be defined as ‘being made to live as God intends man to live, in every aspect of his existence’, including his relationship with God, with his fellow men, and the relationship of his higher and lower self (on the neo-Platonic anthroplogical model favoured by Augustine) . . . By justification, Augustine comes very close to understanding the restoration of the entire universe to its original order, established at creation.. The ultimate object of man’s justification is his ‘cleaving to God’, a ‘cleaving’ which awaits its consummation and perfection in the new Jerusalem, which is even now being established..” (Alister McGrath, Iustitia Dei, a History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification).

So again for Augustine Justification, is as St. Paul, the New Man In Christ – “put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge after the image of the creator.” (Col. 3: 10) And with this, justification and sanctification are so closely intertwined, as we see in St. Paul, “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” (2 Cor. 6:11)

Fr. R.

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2 Comments
  1. With McGrath, I still hold THIS Reformation and Reformed High Ground!

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