Sunday, October 05, 2014

Warfield: faith in Christ

Sunday, October 5, 2014
    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
    —Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
    It is never on account of its formal nature as a mental act that faith is conceived in Scripture to be saving,—as if this frame of mind or attitude of heart were itself a virtue with claims on God for reward... It is not, strictly speaking, even faith in Christ that saves, but Christ that saves through faith. The saving power resides exclusively, not in the act of faith or the attitude of faith or the nature of faith, but in the object of faith.
    ... Benjamin B. Warfield (1851-1921), in “Faith”, q.v., Dictionary of the Bible, v. I, James Hastings, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1911, p. 837 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 2:8-9; John 6:44,65; Rom. 1:16; 3:22-24; 4:16; 10:9-10; Gal. 1:8-9; 3:14,22; Col. 2:16-18; 1 Tim. 4:1; 1 John 5:10-12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your grace is all.
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