To have faith in Christ

sitting on shore 3[To have faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.

―C. S. Lewis
Mere Christianity

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Where the road ends

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The conscience, our own anxiety, and all slaves of the law bid us go the way of obedience to the very end in order to find peace with God. But the way of obedience has no end. It lies endlessly before you, bringing continually severer demands and constantly growing indebtedness. If you seek peace on that road, you will not find peace, but the debt of ten thousands talents instead.

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But now Christ is the end of the law;
the road ends at His feet, and here
His righteousness is offered
to everyone who believes.

It is to that place, to Jesus only, that God has wanted to drive you with all your unrest and anguish of soul.

Bo Giertz
The Hammer of God

No secret buttons

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The answer, the way home, is, as the Bible insists, faith in Jesus Christ. There are no secret buttons to push, no magical elixirs to take, no special potions, no chants to recite or charms to handle.

There are no decoder rings
or esoteric theological classes to take
and no mechanical principles
to apply to our lives.

It is not a matter of church membership, water baptism or being religious. The answer is faith—and faith means unconfusion, seeing clearly, discovering and knowing reality in Christ, embracing it, acknowledging it, loving it— responding to Jesus Christ with a serious and hearty and continuous “Amen!”

–Baxter Kruger
(emphasis added)

Faith, despair and good actions

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Faith in Christ is the only thing
to save you from despair,
and out of faith in Him good actions
must inevitably come.

–C. S. Lewis

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