I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Saturday, April 6, 2013

W. H. Griffith-Thomas on Faith

Trust is the only adequate answer to God’s revelation.  Just as the absence of faith makes it impossible for human beings to have any dealings with each other, so the absence of faith in God makes it wholly impossible for us to have any association with Him.  “He that cometh to God must believe” (Heb. 11:6).  Trust is thus the correlative of truth.  Faith in man answers to grace in God.  As such it affects the whole of man’s nature...

Faith is not blind, but intelligent, since it rests on the conviction of the authority of Christ as Teacher, Savior, and Lord.  The three-fold Revelation of Christ as Prophet, Priest, and King, revealing, redeeming, and ruling, is met by the response of the whole life, intellect, emotion, and will.

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