Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Growing Strong in the Faith

On how “to grow strong in the faith of the Gospel”: “Why, surely, the best advice and counsel that I can give you, is to exercise that faith which you have, and wrestle against doubting, and be earnest with God in prayer for the increase of it. ‘Forasmuch,’ says Luther, ‘as this gift is in the hands of God only, Who bestoweth when, and on whom, He pleaseth, thou must resort unto Him by prayer, and say with the apostles, “Lord, increase our faith,”’ (Luke 17:5). And you must also be diligent in hearing the word preached; for as ‘faith cometh by hearing’ (Rom. 10:17), so is it also increased by hearing. And you must also read the Word, and meditate upon the free and gracious promises of God; for the promise is the immortal seed, whereby the Spirit of Christ begets and increases faith in the hearers of all His. And lastly, you must frequent the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, and receive it as often as conveniently you can.”
- “The Marrow of Modern Divinity” (1645)

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