Wednesday, April 25, 2007

God Does Not Merely Declare Us Just, Rather He MAKES Us Just

"God's word, I say, effects what it announces. This is its characteristic all throug Scripture....Thus in the beginning He said, 'Let there be light, and there was light.'....So again in His miracles, He called Lazarus from the grave and the dead arose; He said, 'Be thou cleansed,' and the leprosy departed; He rebuked the wind and the waves, and they were still; He commanded the evil spirits, and they fled away.....It would seem, then, in all cases that God's word is the instrument of His deed. When, then, He solemnly utters the command, 'Let the soul be just,' it becomes inwardly just."

-John Henry Newman

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