Random thoughts on Sola Fide
|1861 painting of Luther discovering the Sola fide doctrine at Erfurt|
By Sam Powell - Posted at My Only Comfort:
In no particular order – just wanted to get these down somewhere.
- From my conception to my last breath I will never do one work that can stand before the judgment throne of God.
- If I was given a glass of water that only had a little poison in it, I would still refuse it. There is no such thing as “sort of pure”. If there is even one drop of sin in what I do, it isn’t holy. Holy is clean, pure, with no admixture of uncleanness. All that I do, though, is mixed with sin. If I reject that, then my works are also mixed with pride. God hates pride.
- Think about this (not directions on how to live, but what it says about Christ:
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her;
26 that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless. (Eph 5:25-27 NAS)
Do you see that? Sanctification is a promise of God, given to the bride of Christ out of love. Sanctification is not a duty we perform, it is a promise we receive, long for, and trust in.
It is Christ who does it. He cleanses, he purifies, he covers. He prepares his bride for the consummation.