Wednesday with the Wesleys

I. Because all men are sinners against God and breakers of his law, therefore can no man by his works be justified and made righteous before God. But every man is constrained to seek for another righteousness or justification, to be received at God’s own hands. And this justification or righteousness which we receive of God’s mercy and Christ’s merits, embraced by faith, is taken, accepted and allowed of God for our perfect and full justification. For the more [clear and] full understanding hereof, it is our part ever to remember how that, all the world being wrapped in sin, God sent his only Son into the world to fulfil the law for us and, by shedding his blood, to make satisfaction to his Father for our sins, to assuage his indignation conceived against us. 2.Insomuch that infants, being baptized and dying in their infancy, are by this sacrifice washed from their sins. And they who in act or deed sin after their baptism, when they turn again to God unfeignedly, are likewise washed by this sacrifice from their sins in such sort that there remaineth not any spot of sin that shall be imputed to their damnation. This is that justification 4 which St. Paul speaketh of when he saith, “No man is justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ.” And again, “We are justified by the faith of Christ and not by the works of the law, for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified” [cf. Gal. 2:16]

John Wesley “Of the Salvation of Mankind”

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