Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Saving Faith

Saving faith is the great foster-parent of all that belongs to scriptural piety. Faith begets true worship,  godly fear,  devout thanksgiving,  genuine humility,  Christian boldness,  holy joy,  evangelical repentance,  enlarged liberality,  fervent love,  a pure conscience,  a holy life,   victory over the world,  eternal glory!

Faith gazes upon the cross until the course of the new nature is set on fire with heavenly love!

Saving faith  unites to Christ,  lays hold of salvation,  conquers every foe,  brings every blessing into the soul,  pronounces death abolished,  always begets humility,  is self-renouncing,  consents to be nothing, that God may be all and in all,  excludes boasting,  is jealous for God's honor,  brings forth forgiveness to enemies,  begets repentance,  nourishes other graces,   ever clings to the fullness of Christ,  kindles love to an unseen Savior,  is ever laying its crown at the feet of Immanuel,   puts things in their proper place,  abases the sinner in the dust,  sets God on the throne of universal dominion,   pronounces all God's ways just and right,  counts all things as loss, for the excellency  of the knowledge of God's dear Son!

[William Plumer] 

2 Peter 1:1 ... Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

Romans 10:9 ... That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Ephesians 2:8 ... For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Hebrews 11:7 ... By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.