Justification From Eternity – Bill McDaniel

Please note, it is justification from eternity, not in eternity.



  1. John T. Jeffery · September 8, 2012

    I understand the significance of the different prepositions in the qualifier above: “from” and “in”. I also believe that I appreciate the intent of this distinction being mentioned. However, is there really a difference from God’s perspective? After all, He is the one who justifies. It is His perspective that should be of concern. When justification is understood as 1) decretal,and 2) as forensically pronounced in “the High Court of Heaven” (in the decree) by the Judge of all judges for whom there is no past, present, or fulture perspectives, then whether it is “in” eternity or “from” eternity would seem to be a moot point. Why not both? Doesn’t the modification as an adjective, i.e., “eternal justification”, do this? Isn’t it only from man’s perspective that this distinction seems to have validity, i.e., “in eternity past”, vs. “from eternity past”? Shouldn’t the perspective of the Eternal Judge and Justifier be the determinant in how we speak of this decretal blessing?

    • jm · September 8, 2012

      All very true brother John. The distinction is made for our Reformed brothers and sisters whose tradition might accuse us of antinominism and minimizing the importance of faith. That is why I stress “from” eternity and not “in” eternity.

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