I discovered the doctrine of justification 8 years ago. It was so powerful and brought me such joy thinking about the security Jesus purchased for me it was actually easy to remain free from pmi for three years or so.
Gradually though over that time as I kept reading scripture, scary passage stood out that seemed to contradict the faith alone message. I’ve never had anyone be able to reconsile them with that doctrine. And it’s bizare how little they seem to bother people l. Most people don’t seem to treat the passages seriously and kind skip over them.
I’m wandering if this has been the devil slowly eroding my trust with me not understanding them and him twisting them.
The first one is John 5:29.
‘All who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have DONE good to the resurrection of life, and those who have DONE evil to the resurrection of judgement.
How do I square that with what John says a few verses earlier: vs24: whoever hears these words and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgement but has passed from death to life.
If seems very confusing for Jesus to say your saved through believing and hearing Him, then just a second later your saved if you have done good, a few verses later. Surely He also knew how confusing that would seem? Or is there some nuance in the Greek which would clear it all up? Calvin simply says that ‘John is not describing the cause of salvation, only a way of distinguishing the elect. Where the father graciously sees our sin riddled works as good because of Christ’. But how does Calvin know this? I love Calvin, but that’s a lot of theology to read into that passage. He might be right though.
I really need theses passages properly explained to feel assured and hopefully my joy and trust restored that I once had. The are a few more scary passgaes, but I’ll only share this one for now. Hoping someone can help with this first one.
Thank you in advance.