Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Faith and Works

Justification is by faith alone, but it is not by faith that is alone. -Martin Luther
Faith without works is a faith that is dead. -James, brother of Jesus
Justification is not by anything we do or don't do. Romans is quite clear about this. And after we understand that, we can undersand that justification brings with it sanctification, with birth comes growth, with salvation comes proof. The proof is not the thing itself- a wedding ring is proof of marriage, but it is not the marriage itself. Let us never be confused about this.

2 comments:

kristi said...

this is one of my favorite things you've written! i love the quote by martin luther.

Carl said...

Well put.