Bought by the Blood

April 15, 2009

Justification by faith alone

Filed under: God's Glory,John Stott,Justification — cubsfan1980 @ 10:38 pm
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“Not works, but grace.  Not law, but faith.  Not our righteous deeds but his mercy.  There is no co-operation here between God and us, only a choice between two mutually exclusive ways, his and ours.  Moreover, the faith which justifies is emphatically not another work.  No, to say ‘justification by faith’ is merely another way of saying ‘justification by Christ.’  Faith has absoutely no value in itself; its value lies solely in its object.  Faith is the eye that looks to Christ, the hand that lays hold of him, the mouth that drinks the water of life.  And the more clearly we see the absolute adequacy of Jesus Christ’s divine-human person and sinbearing death, the more incongruous does it appear that anybody could suppose that we have anything to offer.  That is why justification by faith alone, to quote Cranmer again, ‘advances the true glory of Christ and beats down the vain glory of man.'” – The Cross of Christ by John Stott

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  1. This is a GREAT quote! Stott is one of my all time favorite preachers and people. I even put him on the “Great Lives” ( http://anuncommongrace.wordpress.com/great-loves/ ) page of my blog An Uncommon Grace. The book this quote is taken from is on my “Great Books” page ( http://anuncommongrace.wordpress.com/great-books/ ) and another of his books, “Evangelical Truth”, was one of my favorites for last year. (http://anuncommongrace.wordpress.com/2009/02/21/top-three-books-for-2008/ ) Check them out and let me know what you think! Feel free to leave a comment on any of them.

    Blessings,
    Darian

    Comment by dpcpastor — April 18, 2009 @ 5:53 pm | Reply


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