Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Theodore Beza: The Spirit gives us faith by which to take hold upon Christ and His righteousness

Theodore Beza explains the Holy Spirit's work of creating faith within us, as the instrument by which we take hold of Christ's righteousness in justification:

But it is necessary, in the first place, that the Holy Spirit makes us suitable and ready to receive Jesus Christ. This is what He does in creating in us, by His pure goodness and Divine mercy, that which we call 'faith' (Eph. 1: 17; Phil 1: 29; 2 'Mess 3:2), the sole instrument by which we take hold of Jesus Christ when He is offered to us, the sole vessel to receive Him (John 3:1-13, 33-36). (Theodore Beza, Faith and Justification)

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