Of Saving Faith.
Chapter 14, Paragraph 2.
“…and also acteth differently, upon that which each particular, passage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God, for this life, and that which is to come: But the principal acts of Saving Faith, have immediate relation to Christ, accepting, receiving, and resting upon him alone, for Justification, Sanctification, and Eternal Life, by virtue of the Covenant of Grace.”
By faith Christians are enabled to act upon what we read in Scripture. No longer can we blithely gloss over what is written there, but instead are prompted to action. What a privilege we are given! Think of what we are able to do:
- obey His commands. What was once impossible is now possible through His making us alive with Christ.
- tremble at the threatenings. No longer can we blithely ignore the warnings given, for we now see that the consequences threatened are real.
- embrace the promises of God for this life… We can face what today brings because we rest in Him.
- …and that which is to come. Our future is assured through Christ.
Application of God’s word is attainable through faith. This faith is made possible by the mediatorial work of Christ, who persuades us to believe and obey, and who governs our hearts by His word and Spirit.
Saving faith is an amazing grace. But faith is only amazing in that it directs our gaze to Christ. We accept how beautiful our Lord is, we receive Him as our Savior, and we rest assured in who He is and what He has done for us. This faith is all that is required to receive eternal Life, and He grants it to those that are His. Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Questions to Consider
- What are the benefits of saving faith?