“The faith of the individual must be seen as having no value in itself, but as discovering value wholly and solely through movement towards and committal to Christ. It must be seen as simply a means of finding all one’s hope outside oneself in the person and work of another; and not in any sense an originating cause or objective ground of justification. For true faith is active only in the man who is wholly occupied with Christ; its practice means that every blessing is received from another. For this reason faith is exclusive and intolerant of company; it is only truly present when any and every contribution towards his salvation on the part of the believer or on the part of the Church is absolutely and unequivocally shut out. Justification must be seen and received as a blessing dependent wholly and exclusively on Christ alone, on what he is and what he has done—a blessing enjoyed simply through being joined directly to him, through finding one’s all in him, through drawing one’s all from him, without the interposition of any other mediator or mediating channel whatever.”
A.M. Stubbs, Excerpt From: J. I. Packer. “Sola Fide: The Reformed Doctrine of Justification.”
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Thank you so much for encouraging our hearts with this strong biblical teaching. I thank the Lord for your faithfulness in serving our precious Savior. The Lord is surely using you, Marda and those serving with you to bring praise to His glory.