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Volume 15, Issue 5: Verbatim

Quotations from Important People

Thus we have demonstrated how faith is a condition in this covenant. Now we must see whether it performs this office alone or whether other virtues are with it, particularly repentance. Concerning this, the orthodox dispute among themselves—some denying and others affirming.

Francis Turretin
Institutes of Elenctic Theology Vol. 2
P & R, p. 188

The distinction between the church visible and the church invisible is not well-grounded in terms of Scripture, and the abuses to which the distinction has been subjected require correction.

John Murray
Collected Works of John Murray, Vol. 1
Banner of Truth, p. 232

The cardinal error against which the gospel of Christ has to contend is the effect of the tendency of the human heart to rely on salvation by works. The great antagonist to the truth as it is in Jesus is that pride of man which leads him to believe that he can be, at least in part, his own savior. This error is the prolific mother of multitudes of heresies.

Charles Spurgeon
Spurgeon At His Best
Baker, p. 222

The Scriptures describe faith by almost every imaginable active figure. It is a looking (Is. 45: 22), a receiving (John 1:12-13), an eating of Him (John 6:54), a coming (John 5:40), an embracing (Heb. 11:13), a fleeing unto, and laying hold of (Heb. 6:18), etc. Here it may be added, that every one of the illustrations of faith in Heb. 11 (whose first verse some quote as against me) come up to the Apostle’s description in the 13th verse, containing an active element of trust and choice, as well as the mental one of belief. The manner in which faith and repentance are coupled together in Scripture plainly shows that, as faith is implicitly present in repentance, so repentance is implicitly in faith. But if so, this gives to faith an active character.

R.L. Dabney
Systematic Theology
Banner of Truth, pp. 605-606

Whether faith or repentance goes first, however, I am sure that repentance is of such importance that there is no being saved without it.

Thomas Watson
The Doctrine of Repentance
Banner of Truth, pp. 12-13

How may it be shown that a living faith necessarily leads to good works? 1st. From the nature of faith. It is the spiritual apprehension and the voluntary embrace of the whole truth of God,—the promises, the commands, the threatenings of the Scripture,—viewed as true and as good. This faith occasions, of course, the exercise of the renewed affections, and love acted out is obedience. Each separate truth thus apprehended produces its appropriate effect upon the heart, and conquently upon the life. 2nd. The testimony of Scripture.—Acts 15:9; 26:18; Gal. 5:6; James 2:18; 1 John 5:4. 3rd. The experience of the universal church.

A.A. Hodge
Outlines of Theology, p. 479.
Banner of Truth

What then? Can true repentance stand, apart from faith? Not at all. But even though they cannot be separated, they ought to be distinguished. As faith is not without hope, yet faith and hope are different things, so repentance and faith, although they are held together by a permanent bond, required to be joined rather than confused.

John Calvin
Institutes of the Christian Religion, Vol. 1
Westminster, p. 597.

. . . this faith is in itself the radical principle of all obedience,—and whatever is not so, which cannot, which doth not, on all occasions, evidence, prove, show, or manifest itself by works, is not of the same kind with it,—yet, as we are justified by it, its act and duty is such, or of that nature, as that no other grace, duty, or work, can be associated with it, or be of any consideration.

John Owen
Justification By Faith
Sovereign Grace, p. 291

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