sounded, the boat stopped. Confession exhausts the energy so that none is left for action.
A. J. Gordon, The First Thing in the World, or The Primacy of Faith: ?David Brainard speaks with a kind of suppressed astonishment of what he observed among the degraded North American Indians. Preaching to them the good news of salvation through the atonement of Christ and persuading them to accept it by faith and then hastening on in his rapid missionary tours he found, on returning upon his track a year or two later, that the fruits of righteousness, sobriety, virtue and brotherly love were everywhere visible. It had been possible to impart to them only the slightest moral or ethical teaching.?
(e) That faith, as characteristically the inward act of reception, is not to be confounded with love or obedience, its fruit.
Faith is, in the Scriptures, called a work, only in the sense that man?s active powers are engaged in it. It is a work which God requires yet which God enables man to perform ( <430629>John 6:29 ? ejrgon tou~ Qeou~ Cf. <450117>Romans 1:17 ? dikawsu>nh Qeou~ ). As the gift of God and as the mere taking of undeserved mercy, it is expressly excluded from the category of works upon the basis of which man may claim salvation ( <450328>Romans 3:28; 4:4, 5,
16). It is not the act of the full soul bestowing but the act of an empty soul receiving. Although this reception is prompted by a drawing of heart toward God inwrought by the Holy Spirit, this drawing of heart is not yet a conscious and developed love because such love is the result of faith ( <480506>Galatians 5:6). What precedes faith is an unconscious and undeveloped tendency or disposition toward God. Conscious and developed affection toward God, or love proper, must always follow faith and be the product of faith. So, too, obedience can be rendered only after faith has laid hold of Christ and with him has obtained the spirit of obedience ( <450105>Romans 1:5 ? uJpakoh>n pi>stewv = ?obedience resulting from faith?). Hence faith is not the procuring cause of salvation but is only the instrumental cause. The procuring cause is the Christ, whom faith embraces.
<430629> John 6:29 ? ?This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent?; cf. <450117>Romans 1:17 ? ?For therein is revealed a righteousness of God from faith unto faith: as it is written, But the righteous shall live by faith?; <450328>Romans 3:28 ? ?We reckon therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law?; 4:4, 5, 16 ? ?Now to him that worketh, the reward is not reckoned as of grace but as of debt. But to him that worketh not but believeth on him that
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