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From Protestant Philosopher, Gordon Clark, comes the following: "The crux of the difficulty with the popular analysis of faith into notitia (understanding), assensus (assent), and fiducia (trust), is that fiducia comes from the same root as fides (faith). Hence this popular analysis reduces to the obviously absurd definition that faith consists of ...


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What is the scriptural evidence that faith comes from God? Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of ...


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Faith comes from God because it is symbolized by the gold we are counselled to buy. I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. (Rev 3:18, KJV) The same symbolism ...


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Disclaimer: I don't profess to reflect the views of any of the "reformers" in my solution below. It is important to be very accurate when using terms. This is part of correctly distinguishing ("rightly dividing") the scriptures: "justification" relates to the forgiveness of sins. This is entirely on the basis of faith. "salvation" refers to deliverance ...


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The doctrine of Sola fide (Latin for "by faith alone") holds that: God's pardon for guilty sinners is granted to and received through faith alone, excluding all "works." And that: God, on the basis of the life, death, and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ alone (solus Christus), grants sinners judicial pardon, or justification, which is ...


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"He thinks it does not, preferring to say that the Church formally recognized what everybody already knew." "to what extent "the Church" is present here as a single entity." -It seems like Calvin is assuming the Church consisted of a group of people who mostly agreed with each other instead of the hodgepodge that existed in the first few centuries. ...


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The disciples were asking for increased faith but they wanted what we all want . . . a magic wand to give it to them. Faith is absolute, it is a standard. You either have faith or doubt. The second part of the parable is directly connected to the first. What did Jesus say? He said say to the tree, not pray to the father, speak to the tree and IT will obey ...



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