Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | January 20, 2008

Lord’s Day Quote: David VanDrunen

Faith certainly involves knowledge.  But they were also convinced that faith is something more than this and, in fact, that this something more stands at the heart of what faith is.  Three Latin terms often used to describe this enriched conception of justifying faith are notitia, assesnus, and fiduciaNotitia refers to an intellectual understanding about Christ and his gospel.  Assensus refers to an intellectual assent to the truth of what is proclaimed in the gospel.  But beyond these crucial intellectual acts is  fiducia, an act not of the intellect but of the will, which may be described simply as trust.  Much more than being a mode of knowledge, faith involves a sincere trust in Christ and his gospel for salvation.  

…In response to the question of what faith in Jesus Christ is, the catechism answers:  “Faith in Jesus Christ is alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.”  Not only must the mind grasp the things about Christ and his gospel, but also the heart must rest upon him as the perfect Savior from sins.  This character of justifying faith as trust in Christ has prompted some theologians to speak of faith as “extraspective.”  The term introspective is familiar to most: it refers to looking within oneself.  Something that is extraspective, then, concerns looking outside oneself.  That is precisely what faith as trust does: it looks outside of oneself (thereby forsaking all self-confidence) and rests upon another, the Lord Jesus Christ, who has done all things necessary for our salvation…

…If justification required faith to be supplemented by any good works of our own then faith would no longer be what it is, a forsaking confidence in one’s good works and complete confidence in the work of Christ…

…Dead faith is not simply faith that lacks love or some other accompanying virtue, but a “faith” that is itself not at all true faith.  Without extraspective trust that rests upon Christ alone, “faith” that merely knows facts is unable to justify.

David VanDrunen,  “The Nature of Justifying Faith”(Modern Reformation Volume 16 Number 5 September/October 2007) p 27 




  1. Does Jesus Christ has faith?

    Does God the father has faith?

    Enough of your human ideas. How does faith begins?

    It is through hearing? Yes or no.

    Let us talk about faith once you enter the Church of God and be member of the House of the Living God.

    Because to those outside, the word is a parable to them. They will not understand.

    Now, to the called ones, hear the reader.

  2. Sorry, I have no interest in joining a cult that tells me to look to my “inner man”. My faith looks outside of myself to Jesus Christ who has obeyed the law in my place and paid for my sin. It is by Christ alone that we are saved.

  3. Msamudio, your answer proves of another of you human idea, of your idea in your own mind. Don’t you believe now the Scripture? Let us ask the Scripture.

    St Paul when he talks about the innerman.

    2 Corinthians 4:

    16For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

    1 Peter 3:4

    But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

    Msamudio, you need to hear. Learn how.

  4. It is apparent that you have not read the post above very carefully. You are also making it very clear that you do not read the Bible very carefully either. You are a very confused individual. The passages you have cited do not tell us to look to our “innerman” for salvation. Unless you are advocating that we trust in our “innerman” for salvation. This is certainly a strange religion that you subsribe to, which is definitely not Christianity.

    I hear you and would hate be in the sad predicament of trusting in my “innerman” as you are.

    You can continue to trust your “innerman” for your salvation. I will continue to look outside of myself to Jesus Christ for my salvation.

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