Saving faith

Posted: August 8, 2013 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship

“Faith is nothing but the instrument of our salvation. Nowhere in Scripture will you find that we are justified because of our faith; nowhere in Scripture will you find that we are justified on account of our faith. The Scripture says that we are justified by faith or through faith. Faith is nothing but the instrument or the channel by which this righteousness of God in Christ becomes ours. It is not faith that saves us. What saves us is the Lord Jesus Christ and His perfect work. It is the death of Christ upon Calvary’s Cross that saves us. It is His perfect life that saves us. It is His appealing on our behalf in the presence of God that saves us. It is God putting Christ’s righteousness to our account that saves us. That is the righteousness that saves; faith is but the channel and the instrument by which His righteousness becomes mine. The righteousness is entirely Christ’s. My faith is not my righteousness and I must never think of faith as righteousness. Faith is nothing but that which links us to the Lord Jesus Christ and His righteousness.” – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

 

 

 

HT:JohnSamson

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  1. kim says:

    He seems to leave out the Holy Spirit. Also, what about the aspect of dead faith verses living faith? I am sure he explains much more on all of this than the excerpt Is this from one of his books?.

  2. doulos tou Theou says:

    Got it from a page of quotes. I searched but couldn’t find a book reference.

    “what about the aspect of dead faith verses living faith?”

    The quote is in reference to salvation from what I read, so it’s not looking at the difference between the 2. Seems to me he is moving our focus from our faith to the saving work on the cross.
    He possibly had a little of Horatius Bonar ‘s little book “The Everlasting Righteousness” in his thoughts. this link has a quote possibly helping to flesh out the good Doctor’s thoughts here

    https://trinitypastor.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/horatius-bonar-faith-is-the-absence-of-work/

    or from this section of the same book

    https://trinitypastor.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/faith-is-not-our-savior-pt1/

    incidentally you can read the book for free

    http://grace-ebooks.com/library/Horatius%20Bonar/HB_Everlasting%20Righteousness%2C%20The.pdf

  3. kim says:

    ps. The book is free for the Kindle as well. I have his book Everlasting Rest and never knew about this book Everlasting Righteousness

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