Salvation Involves A Complete Transformation — B.B. Warfield
“Salvation in Christ involves a radical and complete transformation wrought in the soul (Rom. 12:2, Eph. 4:23) by God the Holy Spirit (Tit. 3:5, Eph. 4:24), by virtue of which we become ‘new men’ (Eph. 4:24, Col. 3:10), no longer conformed to this world (Rom. 12:2, Eph. 4:22, Col. 3:9), but in knowledge and holiness of the truth created after the image of God (Eph. 4:24, Col. 3:10, Rom. 12:2). . .It is uniformly taught in Scripture that by his sin man has not merely incurred the divine condemnation but also corrupted his own heart; that sin, in other words, is not merely guilt but depravity: and that there is needed for man’s recovery from sin, therefore, not merely atonement but renewal; that salvation, that is to say, consists not merely in pardon but in purification. Great as is the stress laid in the Scriptures on the forgiveness of sins as the root of salvation, no less stress is laid throughout the Scriptures on the cleansing of the heart as the fruit of salvation. Nowhere is the sinner permitted to rest satisfied with pardon as the end of salvation; everywhere he is made poignantly to feel that salvation is realized only in a clean heart and a right spirit”
- B.B. Warfield (1851-1921)
taken from: The Princeton Theological Review, Volume 9, 1911, pp.242,243.