Our Justification

“Our justification did not commence in time, but in eternity. Paul, speaking of God’s eternal decree of predestination, declares that all of God’s elect were justified fortnerin his eternal purpose of grace (Rom. 8:30). Gill was right on the money when he said, “God’s will to elect is the election of his people; so also his will to justify them, is the justification of them.” God’s act of justification is entirely an act of his grace. It is God accounting and constituting us righteous, through the righteousness of his Son. From all eternity God has looked upon his Son as our Substitute, and looking upon us in Christ we are, and always have been, righteous in his sight. In the mind and purpose of God, Christ is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8; Isa. 53). God set up his darling Son as our Surety, our Substitute, and our Redeemer before the world began; and as such, in his own mind, he looked upon Christ as having been slain for us from eternity. Just as Abraham, in his heart sacrificed his son at Moriah, and looked upon Isaac as one dead, so the Lord God looked upon his Son as slain from eternity because in his heart the deed was done.” – Don Fortner



  1. John T. "Jack" Jeffery · April 27, 2013

    Oh, yeah! That’s what I’m a talkin’ about! Preach it brother, preach it! jm do you have a link to this message (text, video, audio)?

  2. John T. "Jack" Jeffery · April 27, 2013

    jm – I got the link to the Don Fortner radio message page from your post (embedded with his name at the end). I missed that when I first read it. If that is all that there is I am good. If you know of a more complete treatment of this subject by Don I would appreciate it.

  3. John T. "Jack" Jeffery · April 27, 2013

    Yikes! I got 776 hits on his site with a search for “eternal justificaton” at http://www.donfortner.com/Site_Search/

    • jm · April 27, 2013

      Don Fortner preaches the unadulterated Gospel brother. His confidence in the word is palpable, listen and be blessed by this mighty preacher of God’s holy word.

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