Piper and Stott on the Gift of Faith by Grace

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I came across some quotes I like and put them together.

“Faith is the effect of the new birth, not the cause of it.”

–John Piper, Desiring God

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God
1 John 5:1a ESV

“The combination of present tense (believes) and perfect tense [has been born] is important. It shows clearly that believing is the consequence, not the cause, of the new birth. Our present, continuing activity of believing is the result, and therefore, the evidence, of our past experience of new birth by which we became and remain God’s children.”

–John Stott, The Letters of John, pg 175

Even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved… By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.
Ephesians 2:5, 8 ESV

John Piper On Ephesians 2:5-8:

“The words for “grace” and “faith” are feminine in the original Greek. The word for “this” is neuter. Some have used this lack of agreement to say that the gift here is not faith. But this ignores the implication of verse 5: “Even when you were dead!” Grace is grace because it saved us even when we were dead. But it saves “through faith.” how does it save the dead through faith? By awakening the dead into the life of faith. That is why faith is a gift in Eph 2:5-8. “This” refers to the whole event of salvation by grace through faith, and therefore does include faith as a gift. (Cf. Acts 18:27, “When he arrived he greatly helped those who through grace had believed.)”

–John Piper, Desiring God

This is a great stumbling block for many people—to assert that we are responsible to do what we are morally unable to do. The primary reason for asserting it is not that it springs obviously from our normal use of reason, but that the Bible so plainly teaches it. It may help, however, to consider that the inability we speak of is not owing to a physical handicap, but to moral corruption. Our inability to believe is not the result of a physically damaged brain, but of a morally perverted will. Physical inability would remove accountability. Moral inability does not. We cannot come to the light, because our corrupt and arrogant nature hates the light. So when someone does come to the light, “it is clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought by God” (John 3:21).

–John Piper, Desiring God

Conversion [after ], understood as the coming into being of a new nature (a Christian Hedonist) that will obey Christ, is no mere human decision. It is a human decision—but, oh, so much more! Repentant faith (or believing repentance) is based on an awesome miracle performed by the sovereign God. It is the breath of a new creature in Christ.

–John Piper, Desiring God

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.
2 Corinthians 5:17 HCSB

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 NIV

<strong>Regeneration</strong> is the spiritual transformation in a person, brought about by the Holy Spirit, that brings the individual from being spiritually dead to become a spiritually alive human being.

2 Responses to “Piper and Stott on the Gift of Faith by Grace”

  1. 1 Aimee Byrd

    Well, Jeff, you may not be able to physically workout like you used to, but it sure looks like your brain is picking up the slack 🙂

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    It’s just some quotes and Scripture put together which I like doing but thank you.

    I just showed a picture of my old self, when I had the most muscle, to the guy refilling my lumbar pain pump and he and the nurse couldn’t believe it was me.

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