Sola Fide: A Most Wholesome Doctrine
So what is the teaching of the Homilies? . . .
According to the Thirty-nine Articles, the Homily of Salvation or Homily of Justification outlines “a most wholesome doctrine”, that “we are justified by Faith only”. The justice and mercy of God are the only answer to the human predicament created by our original and actual sin. Only Christ can save us, says Cranmer, and he has: “by shedding his most precious blood, he made a sacrifice and satisfaction, or (as we might say) he made amends to His Father for our sins, to satisfy the wrath and indignation He had against us for them.”
According to the Thirty-nine Articles, the Homily of Salvation or Homily of Justification outlines “a most wholesome doctrine”, that “we are justified by Faith only”.
Those who turn to God are “washed by this sacrifice from their sins, in such a way that there remains no spot of sin that shall be imputed to their damnation.” All this is not through our own good works or because we earn or deserve it, but only by grace and only through faith.
This Homily goes out of its way to demonstrate how its teaching of “justification by faith alone” is not a new invention, but the loud and clear testimony of the early and medieval church. There are more footnotes in this Homily than any other, because Cranmer quotes here from so many other scholars and sources to convince us of the catholicity or universality of this often misunderstood doctrine.
justification by faith alone” is not a new invention. . .
~Lee Gatiss, The First Book of Homilies: The Church of England's Official Sermons in Modern English, (pp. 10, 11-12, Kindle Edition).
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