Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Law: faith and works?

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
    Feast of Henry Martyn, Translator of the Scriptures, Missionary in India & Persia, 1812
    Nothing impure will ever enter [the Holy City], nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
    —Revelation 21:27 (NIV)
    Ask not, therefore, whether we are saved by faith, or by works; for we are saved by neither of them: faith and works are at first only preparatory to the new birth; afterwards they are the true genuine fruits and effects of it. But the new birth, a life from heaven, the new creature, called Christ in us, is the one only salvation of the fallen soul. Nothing can enter into heaven, but this life which is born of, and comes from heaven.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), The Spirit of Prayer [1749], London: E. Justins for Ogles, Duncan, and Cochran, 1816, p. 32 (see the book)
    See also Rev. 21:27; John 1:12-13; 3:5-7; Rom. 3:22-24; 11:5-6; 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:4-5,8-9; 4:22-24; Tit. 3:4-7; 1 John 5:6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You alone have chosen Your people for salvation.
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