NCC 35 – Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from?

Question: Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from?

Answer: All the gifts we receive from Christ we receive through the Holy Spirit, including faith itself.

Scripture: Titus 3:4-6

The following is an adaption from The Good News We Almost Forgot by Kevin DeYoung.

We are not saved by [works] but by faith alone. In the medieval church, many Christians had a superstitious view of [certain works]. This is why the Reformers objected to the Latin phrase ex opere operato (“from the work having been worked”). The Catholic Church taught [works] worked objectively based on the dispensing of the sacraments themselves. To the extent that ex opere operato insists on the validity of [works] despite the moral unworthiness of the one standing of ex opere operato, many churchgoers expected [works] to impart grace by some kind of magic, irrespective of their faith. But the Bible is clear: We are not saved just by virtue of [works]; we must have faith. [Works] are means of grace only insofar as we receive by faith the gospel truths promised.

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