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Romans Commentary: Justification And Sanctification

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Vermigli seems to have had a particular affinity for Paul's Epistle to the Romans well before crossing the Alps to Protestantism in 1542. The polemical tone in the Romans commentary should be seen against the larger backdrop of the Council of Trent. In many respects, Vermigli provides a conventional Protestant understanding of justification. It is obvious from the commentary as well as his locus that justification in the strict sense is a legal pronouncement of God. Regeneration is generally taken as the initial work of the Holy Spirit which enlivens and animates the Christian thus producing good works of sanctification. Vermigli's doctrinal development with regard to justification and sanctification generally mirrors the evolution of the doctrine in Protestantism. One of the important historiographical insights garnered from Vermigli, is the fact that the Protestant doctrine of justification was not static, but went through a process of theological amelioration.

Keywords: forensic justification; Holy Spirit; Protestantism; Romans commentary; Vermigli's doctrinal development



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