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๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ‘‘ What Is Saving Faith?

โ€œWhat saith the Scripture?ย Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousnessโ€ย (Rom.4:3).

The Apostle Paul uses the above quotation from Genesis 15:6 to prove that โ€œto him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousnessโ€ (Rom. 4:5).

It is wonderful that God does not require โ€” indeed, does not permit โ€” human works for salvation, butย onlyย faith. But the question is: What is faith? What kind of believing saves?

There is no indication in Scripture that โ€œthe gospel of the grace of Godโ€ or โ€œthe preaching of the crossโ€ was proclaimed to Abraham. We must go back to the passage which Paul quotes to see what Abraham believed. Genesis 15:5 says:

โ€œAnd [God] took [Abraham] forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell [count] the stars, if thou be able to number [count] them: and He said unto him, So shall thy seed be.โ€

It is this simple, wonderful promise about the multiplication of Abrahamโ€™s seed which is followed with the words:ย โ€œAnd he believed in the Lord; and He countedย [reckoned]ย it to him for righteousnessโ€ย (Genesis 15:6). We do not mean to imply that this was the first expression of Abrahamโ€™s faith, for in Hebrews 11:8 we read:

โ€œBy faithย Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed;ย and he went out, not knowing whither he went.โ€

This took place considerably before the Genesis 15 incident and we are specifically told that throughย his faithย heย โ€œobtained a good reportโ€ย (Heb. 11:2).

From all this it is clear that Abraham believed what God told him and was counted righteous โ€” as we now know, through a redemption still to be wrought by Christ.ย We, now,ย must believe what God tells us โ€” and this is nothing less than the account of the all-sufficient finished work of Christ, wrought in our behalf, on Calvaryโ€™s cross.

โ€œ[He] was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justificationโ€ (Rom. 4:25). source


I am blessed with two amazing kids and Iโ€™m a Christian Music fanatic! I also love to write and my websites and bible studies keep me busy as well.

At this point in my life, my focus is on fellowship and my existing relationships with God, my children and with family.

In Christ,

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