27 October, 2011

Chrysostom on Faith and Works as Both the Fruit of God's Grace

'God’s mission was not to save people in order that they may remain barren or inert. For Scripture says that faith has saved us. Put better: Since God willed it, faith has saved us. Now in what case, tell me, does faith save without itself doing anything at all? Faith’s workings themselves are a gift of God, lest anyone should boast. What then is Paul saying? Not that God has forbidden works but that he has forbidden us to be justified by works. No one, Paul says, is justified by works, precisely in order that the grace and benevolence of God may become apparent.'

John Chrysostom, Homily on Ephesians 4.2.9. in Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, New Testament VI: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians (ed. Mark J Edwards, Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1998), p. 134.
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