"Grace is not a reward for faith; faith is the result of grace." - John Blanchard
"Saving faith is not a native product of the human heart, but is a spiritual grace communicated from on High." - A.W. Pink, http://bit.ly/drXWnO
"It is not faith that saves, but faith in Jesus Christ.... It is not, strictly speaking, even faith in Christ that saves, but Christ that saves through faith. The saving power resides exclusively, not int he act of faith or the attitude of faith or in the nature of faith, but in the object of faith." - B. B. Warfield
Justification is by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. This is the article by which the church stands or falls...There is no gospel except that of Christ's substitution in our place whereby God imputed to him our sin and imputed to us his righteousness. Because he bore our judgment, we now walk in his grace as those who are forever pardoned, accepted and adopted as God's children. There is no basis for our acceptance before God except in Christ's saving work, not in our patriotism, churchly devotion or moral decency. The gospel declares what God has done for us in Christ. It is not about what we can do to reach him. We reaffirm that justification is by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. In justification Christ's righteousness is imputed to us as the only possible satisfaction of God's perfect justice. We deny that justification rests on any merit to be found in us, or upon the grounds of an infusion of Christ's righteousness in us, or that an institution claiming to be a church that denies or condemns sola fide can be recognized as a legitimate church.
Faith is the principal work of the Holy Spirit (Institutes 3.1.4).
Faith is the proper and entire work of the Holy Spirit (Institutes 3.1.4).
We cannot quicken faith in ourselves or predispose ourselves for it in any way. There is not in us any commencement of faith or any preparation of it.
John Calvin Commentary John 6:45
Is faith a gift? Jesus declares, "No one can come to Me unless it is granted him by the Father" (John 6:65). In the same passage Jesus declares, "All that the Father gives to Me will come to Me" (John 6:37). In both verses the phrase "come to Me" simply means "believe in Me" and so taken together Jesus is stating that no one can believe in Him unless God grants it, and all to whom God grants it will believe" According to this passage, then, God grants faith, a faith that will infallibly arise in the heart of those He has given His Son.
|Saving Faith||A. W. Pink - (in HTML. Kindle .mobi and ePub formats)|
|Sola Fide: The Reformed Doctrine of Justification||J.I. Packer|
|Knowledge - True Knowledge of God Comes Through Faith||J.I. Packer|
|The Good Fight of Faith||Dr. J. Gresham Machen|
|Faith—Life||C.H. Spurgeon (pdf) - Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11 & Hebrews 10:38|
|Faith in God||J. Gresham Machen|
|The Victory of Faith||Charles Spurgeon|
|Faith—Life||C.H. Spurgeon (pdf)|
|What is the Principal Exercise of Faith?||Ian Hamilton|
|Pauls Criteria for Testing Genuine Faith (.pdf)||T.M. Moore|
|Sermons on Faith from Hebrews 11 (mp3)||Arturo G. Azurdia III|
|On the Distinction Between Jesus' "Faith" and the Justifying Faith of Sinners||Geerhardus Vos (1862-1949)|
|Heroes of Faith - Hebrews 11 (.pdf)||A. W. Pink|
|Preaching the Grace of the Spirit’s Calling (.pdf)||S. Lewis Johnson, Jr - "How and why do we come to Christ?"|
|Faith & Repentance||Charles Hodge|
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