. . .yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law because by works of the law no one will be justified(Galatians 2.16)

The law has not been altered or suspended or flouted for their justification, but fulfilled – by Jesus Christ acting in their name. – J. I. Packer

Faith has no constructive energy.  It is complete reliance on another.  It is Christ-directed, not self-directed, and Christ-reliant, not self-reliant.  It involves the abandoning, not the congratulating, of self.  Faith draws everything from Christ and contributes nothing to Him.  Faith is simply a shorthand description of abandoning oneself trustingly to Christ, whom God has made our righteousness. – Sinclair Ferguson

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