WHI-1200 | Holding On to Hope

Sunday, 06 Apr 2014

This week on the White Horse Inn, Dr. Horton interviews Nancy Guthrie, author of Holding on to Hope, about her experiences and growth in the midst of suffering. Join us as they discuss… “Do you think, in that light, that really, our baseline theology, our working theology, not the theology that we’d like to think we have, but the one we’re really working with everyday, is what comes out of our pores in suffering?”

“… this is where the rubber is going to hit the road in my life, and I’m going to find out if I really believe everything I’ve said I believe my whole life. And I think that was really the case for me, Mike, because it just put everything to the test of ‘will I trust Him with that,’ and what does that even look like? Because, you know, the Christian world shows us this image of what it means to have faith. And often times the way that’s shown to us is it means you have faith that you’re going to get the outcome that you think is best. You know, it’s throwing everything you have into praying for a miracle. People do that, and define that as ‘having faith.’ And I think one thing we discovered was that having faith is saying, ‘God, even if you don’t give me the miracle, even if you will allow me to lose what is most precious to me, I will still love you. And I will still obey you. And I will go to my death declaring that you are good.’ And also, for me, I think faith is believing what God has said, not necessarily believing, once again, what we think is best.”
– Nancy Guthrie
True faith is not only a certain knowledge, whereby I hold for truth all that God has revealed to us in his word, but also an assured confidence, which the Holy Ghost works by the gospel, in my heart; that not only the others, but to me also, remission of sin, everlasting righteousness and salvation, are freely given by God, merely of grace, only for the sake of Christ’s merits.
(The Heidelberg Catechism, Question 21, “What is true faith?”)
The Reformers were unanimous and explicit in teaching that justifying faith does not justify by any meritorious or inherent efficacy of its own, but only as the instrument for receiving or laying hold on what God has provided in the merits of Christ. They regarded this faith primarily as a gift of God and only secondarily as an activity of man in dependence on God.
(Adapted from Louis Berkhof’s Systematic Theology)

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