Herman Bavinck – The Bending of the Will

26 Sep

Revelation may ever so much be made credible by the proofs, yet it is and remains a truth of faith… Faith, therefore, accepts the truth, not on the basis of one’s own insight, but on that of divine authority. “For faith does not assent to anything except on the ground that it has been revealed by God.” And in order for human beings to acknowledge that authority of God, an antecedent change of will has to occur. Believing is indeed an act of the intellect, but it presupposes a bending of the will by grace; the intellect must be disposed toward faith by the will. The assent of faith, accordingly, occurs only by an act of God “moving inwardly through grace.”

~Herman Bavinck~

Reformed Dogmatics Vol. 1: Prolegomena (Grand Rapids, Michigan; Baker Academic; 2003) p. 579.

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