Romansby David Cook
If faith is my response to what God has done, where does faith come from? If it comes from within, if it is my own contribution, then it could become a ground for my boasting.
Paul makes three points regarding justification:
Thus, in justification, God is seen to be central. He is the source of faith that we need to link us to the work of Christ. He is the expansive God with no limited national interest. He is totally just and yet, as justifier, He is wonderfully merciful.
The early theologian Saint Augustine prayed, “O God, demand what You will, but supply what you demand!” God demands perfection and He meets that demand in the provision of His Son.
Do you give God the honour due to Him for the fact that you are a believer? See where faith comes from in Hebrews 12:2 and Ephesians 2:8–9. See how a person’s conversion is described in John 1:12–13 and Acts 11:18, 13:48, and 16:14. How different is this to the way we describe the process of a person’s conversion?
A former Archbishop of Canterbury, William Temple, said, “All I have to contribute to my own salvation is the sin from which I need to be saved.”