If one were to be remembered in church history for one book written in a lifetime, what would it be? For John Eedes it is this work on Justification. Justification by faith alone is the cornerstone of the Gospel. It is not a physical act, but a judicial act; not by inherent righteousness, but God as Judge in the court of mercy by judicial declaration remits sin to the believer through Christ’s merits, and absolves the sinner repenting, and believing. Eedes in this wonderful puritan work masterfully teaches this biblical doctrine, while at the same time dismantles the unbiblical positions of the Dispensationalists, Antinomians, Arminians and the new justification doctrine taught by Richard Baxter.
Justification by Faith Alone by John Eedes (1609-1667)
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John Eedes (1609-1667) was a puritan divine and preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a thoughtful scholar and Reformed theologian.
Being concerned with the state of theology in his day surrounding justification being sorely abused, Eedes took great pains to write carefully and almost exhaustively about the biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone. He takes to task Mr. Erye, Mr. Woodbridge and Mr. Baxter on their deviant writings concerning the doctrine, and thoughtfully sets down the Bible’s teaching in accordance with orthodox Christianity.
Eedes shows that justification by faith alone is not a physical act, but a judicial act. Justification is not by inherent righteousness, but God as judge in the court of mercy by judicial declaration remits sin to the believer through Christ’s merits, and absolves the sinner repenting, and believing. He masterfully refutes Antinomianism, Arminianism, Roman Catholicism and the new divinity of Richard Baxter on this point of doctrine. His aim is to press Christians not to be confounded on this foundational point of theology, but to embrace the truth and follow it in order to attain salvation found only through the merits of Jesus Christ.
There is no doubt that this is one of the best treatments of justification by faith alone in print from any age in church history. Its usefulness today is without question knowing that so many professing Christians have no idea how to define or explain this crucial doctrine. Here Mr. Eedes will be of the utmost help.
This work is not a scan or facsimile, has been carefully transcribed by hand being made easy to read in modern English, and has an active table of contents for electronic versions.