A question concerning the Atonement of Christ
I just wanted to know, if I am right in thinking that God's elect are COVERED by the blood of Christ THROUGH FAITH because, if that's the case, then how can we possibly receive THE GIFT OF FAITH which is in the promises of the new testament, WHICH IS IN THE BLOOD OF CHRIST according to many verses such as Luke 22:20, which plainly says,
“Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is THE NEW TESTAMENT IN MY BLOOD, which is shed for you.”
Now this creates a huge problem because whether what I'm suggesting is true or false the outcome is the same:
-If we are covered by the blood of Christ THROUGH FAITH, we cannot inherit the gift of faith.
-If we are covered by the blood of Christ REGARDLESS OF FAITH, we are justified WITHOUT faith, which is not what the Bible teaches.
I have a little doubt I am missing something very important about Christ's atoning work on the cross. Will you help me solve this problem?
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"To doubt God's mercy because our faith is feeble, is rather to rely upon our faith than upon the Lord. It is not the excellency and great measure of faith that makes us righteous before God, but Christ whom faith does receive and apprehend: which a weak faith can do as well as the strongest." ~John Ball (Puritan)