July 2014

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The true nature of saving faith became one of the watershed issues during the Protestant Reformation. In his introduction to Martin Luther’s Bondage of the Will, J.I. Packer writes:

The true nature of saving faith became one of the watershed issues during the Protestant Reformation. In his introduction to Martin Luther’s Bondage of the Will, J.I. Packer writes:

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The ability to believe the gospel is not inherent within the sinner, but rather is a sovereign gift from God. That is to say the ability to believe the gospel unto salvation in Jesus Christ is as much a sovereign gift from God as the salvation in Jesus Christ in which the sinner believes. John Calvin comments, “Everything connected with our salvation ought to be ascribed to God as its author.”

The ability to believe the gospel is not inherent within the sinner, but rather is a sovereign gift from God. That is to say the ability to believe the gospel unto salvation in Jesus Christ is as much a sovereign gift from God as the salvation in Jesus Christ in which the sinner believes. John Calvin comments, “Everything connected with our salvation ought to be ascribed to God as its author.”

This important doctrine of faith being a sovereign gift from God is what is meant by sola fide or faith alone. It is explicitly set forth in the following Scripture.

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The church must remember the gospel is the power of God. The gospel evidences and contains God’s inherent power, virtue and nature. The gospel is mighty. God’s power, virtue, excellent nature and might are thereby reflected in the very essence of not only the gospel’s message but its ability to change people’s lives. This is why the gospel must be central in preaching.

The church must remember the gospel is the power of God. The gospel evidences and contains God’s inherent power, virtue and nature. The gospel is mighty. God’s power, virtue, excellent nature and might are thereby reflected in the very essence of not only the gospel’s message but its ability to change people’s lives. This is why the gospel must be central in preaching.

THINK AND ACT BIBLICALLY

PLACE FOR TRUTH

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