Faith merely receives the gift of forgiveness

It must be clear, however, that faith has a completely subsidiary, humble, passive function in justification. It neither creates nor enhances the gift, but merely receives it. Therefore, the accent must always fall on the gift itself, on the work of Christ, not on faith as such.

-Kurt Marquart, “Reformation Roots of ‘Objective Justification'”, from A Lively Legacy: Essays in the Honor of Robert Preus.