I’ve been enjoying Herman Witsius’ discussion of antinomianism and neonomianism in Britain during the 17th century. The full title is a mouthful: Conciliatory or Irenical Animadversions on the Controversies Agitated in Britain. Below is a section near the end where Witsius talks about a believer’s good works and why they cannot be part of or count in our justification:
When Paul testifies in Philippians 3:8 that he “counts all things but loss and dung, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, and that he might gain Christ” by these words he excludes, as to justification before God, all works, whether previous to faith, or following it (as is excellently observed by Beza). For the elucidation of which point, it is proper to make the following remarks:
1. The graces of the sanctifying Spirit flow clear and pure from their fountain.
2. But running through the channels…
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