It is in the Old Testament book of Habakkuk that can be found the first distinct utterance of the grand theme of "justification by faith"; for it is written "the just shall live by His faith" (Hab. 2:4). It is also in the book of Habakkuk that the Lord said, "Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it" (Hab. 2:2).
In this volume will be revealed how the message of "justification by faith" and its associated vision is the pinnacle of gospel truth resting on the sure pillars of "all the law and the prophets" (Matt 22:40). This volume will also explain how the great themes of the piercing of the Lord of Glory, the cross of Christ, being sanctified through obedience, the works of faith, repentance, the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary and the fear of the Lord are all more perfectly comprehended as they are illuminated by the central theme of salvation: "justification by faith."
Concerning the importance of this Bible truth, the servant of the Lord declared, "Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is the third angel's message, and I have answered, 'It is the third angel's message in verity'" (1SM 372, 1890). This is verily the message of our time, which is made plain in this book.