Question #66: What are two prerequisites that must precede God declaring a sinner righteous?

Repentance and faith toward Christ.
Repentance and faith toward Christ.

Answer: The two prerequisites that must precede justification are repentance and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 1:17; Gal 3:11; Ac 20:21).  Then God declares you righteous!  Moreover, these are not necessarily two separate things but two sides of one coin–going together.

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Rom 1:17).

“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith” (Gal 3:11).

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One-Minute Theology with Chaplain T features the question and answer portions of the Systematic Theology courses that were part of my seminary work at Piedmont Baptist Graduate School. I will be posting one Q & A everyday until my ordination council meeting set for February 2014.