Paul’s Argument from Experience

Romans 5:1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

“…it is because we have been justified, says the Apostle–really and truly justified–out of faith, that we have this peace with God which we feel in our quieted souls, and exult in this hope of the glory of God in which we are now rejoicing.  Not only the case of Abraham [Romans 4], but their own experience as well, will teach them then that it is out of faith and not out of works that God justifies the sinner.”

“The peace that steals into the heart of him who rests upon this Savior in faith, and the joy that exults upon his lips as he contemplates standing in him before the judgment-seat of God, are but the proper emotions of the satisfied conscience, and as such are the proof to us that God’s wrath is really appeased, his condemnation reversed, and his face turned upon us in loving acceptance in his beloved Son.  Lastly, then, his experience of peace and joy is an irrefutable proof that this and no other is the just God’s method of justifying the sinner.”  –Benjamin B. Warfield “Selected Shorter Writings” Vol. 2, “Paul’s Argument from Experience” p. 144, 151

About Maureen Stohlmeyer

Grateful to have been married to my wonderful husband Michael for nearly 35 years who is now with the Lord, I would like to share from writers from the past who have strengthened our faith and walk with Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer. His walk with God was deeply enriched by the writings of authors from the past and I dedicate this blog to him and to them.
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