It is said by Reformation theologians that justification - is the reckoning of the believing sinner as righteous solely through faith in the finished work of the Lord.
However, where did we get the notion that such reckoning happens in our heart or being? When JBFA is discussed why do get the troubling feeling -- now, do I have faith? Has justification happened to me yet?
In the Classic Protestant sense, our justification is not something that happens in us internally, it is something that happens in the heart of God.
If we read Rom 4:9, 22-25, we do not see God coming to Abraham and saying "Why I see you have become righteous, congratulations"! It does not look that he was doing that at all, for Paul was explaining what was happening in God in Abraham's situation and for us too who have been made to trust that Jesus's death was our transgressions.
I have been trying to trace this notion as to where this feeling idea came from, I mean, the idea of "feeling" saved and "feeling" justified. This is a fascination to me because I bought into this myself in the past.
What my research or observation says is that we got this from Revivalism/Puritanism/Pietism/even Romanism.
An example of this "feeling" rather than quiet assured trusting is found in the preceding post below. The snippet is an example of the "feeling" saved teaching.
If there is anything we are conscious of it is the very opposite, we do not feel righteous, it is because the Law is the one that is inside us. The Gospel makes us run to the one who paid for our un-righteousness, in the Lord. Our guilt is taken away each time we look to that or bank on that payment. There is relief to our conscience, but it is not inside, rather it is outside - in Christ, each time we look or reckon that Jesus took the blows away.
Another of my $0.02 worth. Keep the change.