Originally Posted by Tom
The reply I got back, was that it is the imputed righteousness of Christ that saves, not faith that works through love and proves we are Christians.

It is indisputably true that it is the imputed righteousness of Christ AND His shed blood/death together that saves. His passive obedience, His death was a propitiation (appeasement of wrath by the removing of the offence; sin and enduring the penalty for that sin) and His active obedience (perfect conformity to the law out of love) Faith is the instrument/means which embraces CHRIST (not just simply assenting to what He did as is so popularly taught today) and unites the believer with HIM. However, the evidence of having been justified is a living faith which works through love and strives to be conformed to the image of Christ through the motivation, strength and guidance of the indwelling Spirit (Phil 2:12,13; Matt 7:16,20; Jh 1:12; et al).


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