Thursday, January 9, 2014

James M. Grier on "Faith"

"Belief in God as He is revealed in Jesus Christ is the very essence of faith.  To believe in God implies trusting Him, being loyal to Him, obeying Him and loving Him.  Faith is the cardinal allegiance in life.  It is the response to the first commandment in the Ten Words, 'Thou shalt have no other god before Me...'  It is the answer to the initial petitions of the Lord's Prayer, 'Hallowed be Thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done.'

"Faith is the central allegiance that gives meaning and significance to all of life.  Loss of faith implies movement to meaninglessness, the loss of the point of all things, the loss of the significance of one's actions.  This loyalty to God as revealed in Christ is not one among many loyalties in life.  It is the loyalty, the ultimate trust in God that gives meaning to all of life."

-- James M. Grier, "Loving the God of Truth" p. 143

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