Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Who Begins a Good Work, You, or God?

"The objection is raised against us that in sanctification a person is surely doing something himself. But a person never begins any good work of his own accord. God must prompt him and work in him even to will, to desire to do, the good work that he is to perform. Accordingly, whenever Christians seem to do something good, it is by the power and operation of God in them that they do it."

C. F. W. Walther, The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel, (St. Louis: CPH, 1986) 226.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good point.

Michael Paul 白霈德牧師 said...

If you're thinking it's your own good work then it's not a good work in God's eyes. The focus should never be on oneself but only on God in Christ and one's neighbor.

Lauren said...

Ephesians 2:10
:)

Anonymous said...

Ah, but would there be sanctification without man?