Monday, January 16, 2012

The role of Faith in the Christian Life

[Paul] places faith in the foreground, and puts it before other spiritual gifts, because it is in its nature prior to the rest. For it is the foundation and root of godliness and religion; it is the gate of life, through which God first enters into the human mind; it is the basis of the spiritual building. For as in the creation light preceded the other creatures; for God said, Let there be light, and there was light on the first day: so in the work of regeneration, God says, Let there be the light of faith, and it first shines in the mind, then the other virtues follow.  The very first approach to God is made through faith, Heb. xi. 6. The first purification of the human heart is effected by faith, Acts xv. 9.
-John Davenant, Exposition of the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians,  59-60.

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