Faith is the Only Thing that Destroys the Flesh

Faith has to be the only thing that destroys the flesh because “salvation comes from the Lord” (Jonah 2:9).  Faith has to be the only thing that destroys the flesh because the whole work of our salvation is God’s from beginning to end.  It isn’t simply that God accepts us in Christ when we believe, then sends us off to be good little Christians on our own.  Our growth in holiness in his work too (Philippians 2:13).  The good news of Jesus is not just that we get out of hell free, but that we become like Jesus himself and are made able to live and reign with him forever in the new heaven and new earth.  And this good news is all “by faith from first to last,” from beginning to end, through and through (Romans 1:17)

– Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, copyright 1998, page 142

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