Tonight I can say that I am one of the many who read though Justification: God’s Plan, Paul’s Vision. I thought it was a great book. I did not always agree with everything Wright wrote, and there were a few instances when I did not understand his exegesis, but I appreciate his overall vision. I think this book left me with more questions than answers, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
Anyways, I wanted to leave this short quote from Wright on the subject of current justification by faith and the future justification according to works:
The present verdict gives the assurance that the future verdict will match it; the Spirit gives the power through which that future verdict, when given, will be seen to be in accordance with the life that the believer has lived.
N.T. Wright, Justification: God’s Plan, Paul’s Vision. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2009. 251.
This is not Pelagianism. This is not even semi-Pelagianism. It is obvious that Wright understands salvation to be the work of God and God alone. Yet it makes you wonder what the basis of our final verdict is supposed to be if it is about our life “lived”. I am not saying Wright is wrong, but to what extent is the crucifixion sufficient for our final verdict and to what extent is the work of the Holy Spirit in regenerating us necessary? In other words, as other traditions have asked, what is the role of “sanctification”?