St. Augustine Quote – Imputed Righteousness

“Now if any man had it in his power confidently to declare, “I justify you,” it would necessarily follow that he could also say, “Believe in me.”  But it has never been in the power of any of the saints of God to say this except the Saint of saints, who said: “You believe in God, believe also in me;” (John 14:1) so that, inasmuch as it is He that justifies the ungodly, to the man who believes in him that justifies the ungodly his faith is imputed for righteousness.”

— St. Augustine (354-430 A.D.),
On Merit and the Forgiveness of Sins, and the Baptism of Infants,
Book I, Chapter 18.

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