The Possession of Justifying Faith

We are not justified by the doctrine of justification by faith. We can believe this doctrine, give intellectual assent to its truth, and even contend for it with our all without ever having the faith that alone will justify us. Our justification is not accomplished by a profession of faith. The evangelical world has never fully grasped that nobody is justified by a simple profession of faith. Professions of faith are good things, and those who believe are supposed to profess what they believe, but it’s the “possession” of faith — not its “profession” — that translates a person from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.

—R.C. Sproul
Preaching the Cross