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The Receiving of Faith
by Norman Grubb & J. Gresham Machen

" Bible way of experiencing this union with Him. Nothing could be simpler, because we were created to live like that, by the exercise of the one simplest of all human functions. It is the faculty of reception, called in the Bible faith. 'To as many as RECEIVED Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name' (John 1:12); for believing is receiving. 'Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?' (Galatians 3:2)."

taken from Norman P. Grubb, The Deep Things of God.

"...the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." The reception of that gift is faith: faith means not doing something but receiving something; it means not the earning of a reward but the acceptance of a gift. A man can never be said to obtain a thing for himself if he obtains it by faith; indeed to say that he obtains it by faith is only another way of saying that he does not obtain it for himself but permits another to obtain it for him. Faith, in other words, is not active but passive; and to say that we are saved by faith is to say that we do not save ourselves but are saved only by the one in whom our faith is reposed; the faith of man presupposes the sovereign grace of God."

taken from J. Gresham Machen - What is Faith?