Wesley differed with other theologians with regard to salvation and grace, to name just two areas. From his many sermons, this “Salvation by Faith” is the first of many.
Preached at St. Mary’s, Oxford, before the University, on June 18, 1738. (text from the 1872 edition – Thomas Jackson, editor)
By grace are ye saved through faith. Ephesians 2:8
“1. All the blessings which God hath bestowed upon man are of his mere grace, bounty, or favour; his free, undeserved favour; favour altogether undeserved; man having no claim to the least of his mercies. It was free grace that “formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into him a living soul,” and stamped on that soul the image of God, and “put all things under his feet.” The same free grace continues to us, at this day, life, and breath, and all things. For there is nothing we are, or have, or do, which can deserve the least thing at God’s hand. “All our works, Thou, O God, hast wrought in us.” These, therefore, are so many more instances of free mercy: and whatever righteousness may be found in man, this is also the gift of God.” [Read more…]