Stephen Bauer

is Professor of Theology and ethics at Southern Adventist University.

Universal Legal Justification

The doctrine of universal legal justification (ULJ) expresses both admirable and problematic ideas.

Glorious Truth

As to the former, it celebrates a glorious truth: The death of Christ secured access to God for all humans. Paul frequently calls this access “reconciliation.” For him, this reconciliation appears to be unilateral and unconditional, and something occurring prior to justification. “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Rom. 5:10).1By contrast, for Paul, …

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