Cruce Tectum

Cruce tectum, hidden under the cross, a blog for Epiphany Lutheran Church, Dorr, Michigan

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Pure Receptivity of Faith

"Faith holds out the hand and the sack and just lets the good be done to it. For as God is the giver who bestows such things in His love, we are the receivers who receive the gift through faith which does nothing. For it is not our doing and cannot be merited by our work. It has already been granted and given. You need only open your mouth, or rather, your heart, and keep still and let yourself be filled."

-- Martin Luther, quoted in Robert D. Preus, Doctrine is Life: Essays on Justification and the Lutheran Confessions, Klemet I. Preus, ed. (St. Louis: Concordia, 2006) p. 115.

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