Fascinating interview with John Fesko and the team at Christ the Center iabout the subject of Reformed Justification. Fesko recently published a book ‘Justification; Understanding the Classic Reformed Doctrine’, with the intention of providing a resource that is a one-stop shop, so to speak, on Reformed, historical Justification.
Fesko touches on N.T. Wrights error as well as the position of the federalist vision. Fesko argues very convincingly that the death Adam faced at the fall was not primarily a postponment of physical death. He brings Scripture to support an ‘exile’ death, as Ezekiel described the death of Israel as a death of exile. Given that life is to be in the presence of the Lord, death is to have that presence removed, which is what happened in the Garden.
Fesko also draws a number of very interesting parallels between the first Adam and second Adam, and their representative natures. For example, the Old Testament describes Israel coming out of the Red Sea and God descending upon them hovering like a bird to protect them, and Fesko connects that imagery to Christ coming out of the waters of baptism and the Spirit of God descending upon him like a dove.
Election is a crucial element to the proper understanding of justification, and Fesko makes that case and discusses how justification can become skewed without it.
Fesko is the pastor of Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Woodstock, Georgia, and adjunct professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta. The team at Christ the Center gives John’s book a sweeping recommendation for it’s clarity, accuracy and readability.