Notable Quote: James Montgomery Boice
James Montgomery Boice commenting on the origin of saving faith . . .
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.
. . . this is a faith that God himself brought into being and not something that welled up unaided in the heart of mere human beings. This is why Paul begins by thanking God for these Christians and not by praising them for their commitment. If faith were a human achievement, then Paul should have praised the Roman Christians. He should have said, “First, I thank you for believing in Jesus Christ” or “I praise you for your faith.” But Paul does not do this. Faith is worked in us by God as a result of the new birth. Therefore, Paul praises God, not man, for the Roman Christians.