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Their Faith is Not So Powerful

February 24, 2011

What has brought these who are far off near to the divine presence? It is not their good works or religious activity. This new people of God . . . has been reconciled to Him through faith in “the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:19).

In the former covenant made with Moses and the people of Israel, the command was always, “Do not come any closer” (Ex. 3:5). But now, through faith in the Cross these defiled and corrupted people are brought near to God [Eph. 2:18 – SS]. They do not make this passage from death to life by way of a great deal of religious grunting and groaning, but by an act of faith in Christ and His work. This is not because their faith is so powerful, but because the blood sacrifice of Christ is such a powerful atonement for sins.

John C. Miller, Outgrowing the Ingrown Church, 44.

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