On Works

by J.I. Packer GOOD WORKS ARE AN EXPRESSION OF FAITH You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone (James 2:24) In the New Testament, faith (believing trust, or trustful belief, based on testimony received as from God) is crucially important, for it is the means or instrumental […]

On Faith (and the Resurrection)

Theophilus of Antioch (b.115 – d.181) “But you do not believe that the dead are raised. When the resurrection shall take place, then you will believe, whether you will or not; and your faith shall be reckoned for unbelief, unless you believe now. And why do you not believe? Do you not know that faith […]

Chrysostom on the Wrath of God

(and also Faith and Works !!) Chrysostom (c. 347–407) The Gospel of John  – HOMILY XXXI. “The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He that believes on the Son has everlasting life, and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides […]

Chrysostom on Faith

John Chrysostom  (c. 347–407) Everywhere he puts the Gentiles upon a thorough equality. ‘And put no difference between us and them, having purified their hearts by faith.’ (v. 9.) From faith alone, he says, they obtained the same gifts. This is also meant as a lesson to those (objectors); this is able to teach even […]

Faith and Works According to Clement of Rome

Clement of Rome (d. 101 AD) was one of the first, if not the first, Bishop of Rome after the apostles, and certainly a leading member of that church towards the end of the 1st cent. He may have directly worked with the Apostle Paul, and he wrote his own Epistle to the Corinthians (a.k.a. […]

On Faith in God

by Nikita Grigoriev (excerpts from “Faith And Delusion”  pp. 2-5) Faith in General What exactly is faith? Faith is the power of the soul consisting of a synergetic blend of the intellect (reason), the heart (desire) and the will (driving force). This is the most fundamental manifestation of all the properties of the soul, originating, […]

The Gospel According to John 3:16

“For God so loved the world: what it means to ‘believe’ in John 3:16” By Craig Keener [source]  We often quote John 3:16 without considering what it teaches about salvation. If we want to fully understand this verse, we must hear it the way John’s first audience heard it — in the context of the […]

Faith as a Dynamic

Taken from the excellent catechism series, “Light for Life,”  Prologue Vol I. “I have come so that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10 JB) The recreating presence of the Word of God among us opens the way for us to share in the “grace” of God: not an object […]

Bede the Venerable on Faith

Bede the Venerable on Faith [The Venerable Bede (c. 672 – May 25, 735) was a monk at the Northumbrian monastery of Saint Peter at Wearmouth (today part of Sunderland), and of its daughter monastery, Saint Paul’s, in modern Jarrow. He is well known as an author and scholar, whose best-known work is Historia ecclesiastica […]