Of Saving Faith.
Chapter 14, Paragraph 3.
“…and therefore, though it may be many times assailed and weakened, yet it gets the victory, growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance through Christ, who is both the author and finisher of our faith.”
1 John 5:4,5
Often in times of struggle we berate ourselves for not having enough faith. We wonder if we will pull through this ordeal. Frail, fickle, and still full of sin as we are, frustration sets in as we see how much we lack. Walking away from belief altogether is a real temptation.
But who has granted us this faith?
“The Grace of Faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts:…” (LBCF 14.1)
God Himself, the infinite, eternal, immutable Being, the One who is most loving, gracious, merciful and long-suffering, is the One who has worked this faith in our hearts. The most holy and righteous God, who suffered and died for your salvation, is the One who enabled you to believe in Him. Do you think He will let this faith fade away to nothing?
Listen to what He says:
I will never leave you nor forsake you. -Hebrews 13:5
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. -Matthew 28:20
…the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. -Romans 8:27
Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. -Romans 8:33
Is this a God who will walk away from you? Who will extinguish the faith that He worked in you at great cost to Himself?
Saving faith, no matter how much it waxes and wanes, overcomes in the end. This victory is solely because of Christ, who is the Author and finisher of our faith. It is not dependent upon us, thank God for that! When your faith is waning, look to Him with the little faith you have. Trust that He will strengthen it, and walk in that trust. Victory is assured.
Questions to Consider
- If Jesus is the Author and finisher of our faith, who should we turn to when our faith is weak?