What Is Faith? (Olevianus)

Question:  What is faith?

colevianushcAnswer:  Faith is not only a sure knowledge, by which I hold as true everything that God has revealed in His Word (for even the Evil One believes and trembles, as St. James says in chapter 2:19; it is also a heartfelt confidence that out of sheer grace, solely on the basis of Christ’s merit, forgiveness of sins, true righteousness, and eternal life are bestowed not only upon others but also me. Thus I can say from my heart with the apostle (Galatians 2:20) “Christ loved me and gave Himself for me,” i.e., He gave His body to suffer for my body, His soul for my soul.

Caspar Olevianus, A Firm Foundation, p. 11

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