Puritan Board Graduate
I came across this quote and I am wondering what you think. I know Horton likes the idea of Sanders' transfer terminology with regard to justification as opposed to Dunn or Wright's formulation that it has nothing to do with entrance.
Paul thought that God did something other than keep track of people and alter his opinion about them. God ‘righteoused’ the person of faith as well as reckoned the person to be righteous. The active verb, with God as subject, occurs in Romans 3.26,30;4.5;8.30,33 and Galatians 3.8. The usual formulation is the passive verb, a person is ‘righteoused’. This passive however implies God as the understood subject…This means that the person’s name was not just moved from one side of God’s ledger to another, as reckon might imply, but that the person was transferred to another sphere, called variously ‘the body of Christ’, the Spirit, and the like. In this transfer a real change was effected, the first step towards the glorified body which would be attained at the return of the Lord. As a result of this change the new person found that good deeds flowed out naturally and that everything which the law had required was ‘fulfilled’ in his or her life (Rom. 8.4).” (p. 118)