“Faith alone becomes the most fearful deathblow to your spiritual aspirations, and death [with Christ] is counted as the end of your chances to improve by using your free will.
Faith is absorbed, united, saturated, and intoxicated by God’s word. Imagine that faith is like being drunk – losing one’s own power and coming under the power of whatever God says.
What was I before faith? Your guess is as good as mine. You appear now to have been a Narcissus, a navel-gazing theologian who was desperately curved in upon himself… But the Christ-life has become all hope and is the only ‘you’ that has a future.
Faith [in Christ] means you are not just somewhat free but perfectly free… The free life is lived outside oneself in Christ, and all this by clinging to a bare, simple, and repeated promise such as that found in Scripture: ‘If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed‘ (John 8:36).”
Steven Paulson, Luther, pages 184-193.
What if our Churches were counted worthy to be known as a place where people come “to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus?”