“...whatever faith is and however you might describe it, it is not a work”

"Twice recently I have heard about those who teach that faith is a work. One variation is simply that: faith is a work, and so we cannot encourage or exhort people to believe. The second variation is: faith is the first work a person does after regeneration." - Matt Postiff (See also Part 2)

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dmyers's picture

This statement is the key:  "But what you cannot do is think that the person’s faith is a work that merits God’s grace."

Faith is in no way meritorious.

Dan Miller's picture

The perfect life of Jesus was and is meritorious. 

TylerR's picture

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Regeneration precedes faith, and faith is a gift from God ... (smile)

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

G. N. Barkman's picture

The perfect life of Jesus was meritorious.  Agreed!  (and eternally thankful that this is so)   But are any of the works of descendants of Adam meritorious?

G. N. Barkman