Augustine on salvation

In De Spiritu et Littera 29.51, Augustine writes, “Opus enim, quod qui fecerit vivet in eo, non fit nisi a iustificato. Iustificatio autem ex fide impetratur…In tantum iustus, in quantum salvus.” The last line is killer: “Insofar as you’re just, just so far are you saved.” For Augustine, there isn’t any division between faith and works, so long as the works are understood as the faithful reception of God’s healing grace. Christ’s work, imparted to us by the Spirit, actually makes us just, and that simply is our salvation.  

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