The history of justification is just as important as its definition. The Reformed doctrine of justification is not a timeless truth but it exists within a nexus of events, relationships, and other contingent factors. Due to this, it can be helpful to view historical study as a hallway connecting two rooms; the room of Reformed doctrine and the room of Biblical exegesis. On one hand, a history of justification will show how the doctrine came about in the life of the Church. It will allow us to see it in context and see how the Church men of past laid a foundation for it. On the other hand, in some sense it will free us to do better exegesis of the Bible in that it will expand our own hermeneutical framework to some degree. Hans-Georg Gadamer has a point when he states that when we come to a text, we do not come alone. Our horizon comes filled with tradition and historical contingencies when it meets the other horizon of the text. Mapping out the tradition’s history will allow us to be more honest with our exegesis of the Bible. It will open up other potential (and appropriate) ways of understanding what the relevant texts could mean. Ahead, I want to show how some influential people in church history have contributed to the doctrine of justification.
 see Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method (London: Continuum, 1975).