Saving Faith?

31 03 2012

Ephesians 2:8-9 says that we are saved (from sin and its condemnation) by grace (God’s) through faith (our’s). What is faith? How do we know we have enough of it to be saved? How do we know that our definition of faith is the same as God’s? Matthew 7:20 tells the sobering truth about people pleading to Jesus “Lord, Lord” but they have no saving faith. They shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven, even though they did “many wonderful works” in Jesus’ name. James 2:17 speaks of dead faith. It is faith, but it is dead. Sort of like a car without a motor. It looks like a car, it is in a garage like a car, but it is powerless, dead. If any faith will be good enough then how come the devil is not saved? He believes in God and even has a fear of God (James 2:19), but does not have saving faith. How can we be sure that our faith is the real deal? This post is not meant to put you on a guilt trip, but to urge you to check yourselves, whether you be in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).

To know faith you must see it demonstrated. To base it merely on feeling is dangerous, subjective. To base it upon that which the Bible says is an indication of saving faith, is safe. How can we know if a car has a motor without looking under the hood? We see it in operation! It’s not rocket science. Let me give you some indications that you have saving faith…
1. Love for God Mark 12:30
2. Repentance Mark 1:30; 6:12
3. Genuine Humility Ephesians 2:9;James 4:6
4. Devotion to God’s glory Galatians 6:14; Ephesians 1:12
5. Desire to have a close relationship with God. Galatians 4:6
6. Selfless love for the brethren John 13:25; I John 3:14
7. Separation from the world Ephesians 2:2; 1 John 5:4
8. Spiritual growth 1 Peter 1:23; Philippians 1:6

If one has the incorruptible seed (gospel) within him through faith, it will eventually push its way to the surface of even the hardest of hearts. The demonstration of saving faith will be evident. So, if one has saving faith, growth is not an option, but an indicator that you have the real deal.

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