“The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word; by which also, and by the administration of baptism and the Lord’s supper, prayer, and other means appointed of God, it is increased and strengthened” (1689 Confession 14.1).
Notice that faith is a grace or gift of God. Faith comes in conjunction with the ministry of the Spirit and Word of God. Faith, once born in the heart, is strengthened through means: the Word of God, baptism, the Lord’s Supper, prayer and other means. The means of grace are God’s delivery systems, ordained conduits, through which grace comes to souls from heaven to the earth. What can we learn from this? Consider three things:
First, we see how redemption accomplished becomes redemption…
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