Summary: What faith is it through which we are saved
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved, through faith, and that not of youselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
All the blessings which God has bestowed upon mankind flow from His grace or favor; His free, undeserved
favor. We can not lay claim to the least of His mercies. There is nothing we are, or have, or do, which can deserve the least of the gifts we receive from the hand of God. Whatever righteousness may be found in us is a gift from God. The greatest gift we can receive from God is salvation. A gift that was given to us “while we were yet sinners.” By grace we are saved through faith. Grace is the source, faith the condition, of salvation.
In order that we do not fall short of the grace of God we need to know:
I. What faith is it through which we are saved.
II. What is the salvation which is through faith.
The faith by which we are saved is not the belief God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him and that He is to be sought by glorifying Him as God, by giving Him thanks for all things, and by a careful practice of moral virtue, of justice, mercy, and truth, toward our fellowman.
Secondly, it is not the faith of demons. Satan and his demonic force believe there is not only a wise and
powerful God, gracious to reward, and just to punish; but also, that Jesus is the Son of God, the Christ, the
Saviour of the world. We find demons confessing, "I know who You are, the Holy One of God" (Luke 4:34). The
great enemy of God and man believes, and trembles in believing, that God was made manifest in the flesh; that He will "tread all enemies under his feet;" and that "all Scripture was given by inspiration of God."
Thirdly, it is not the faith the Apostles had while Christ was yet upon earth; though they believed on Him and left all to follow Him. Although they had the power to work miracles, to "heal all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease;" even "power and authority over all devils;" and, were sent by their Master to "preach the kingdom of God."
What faith is it then through which we are saved? It may be answered, first, in general, it is a faith in Christ and God through Christ. It is the faith that is sufficiently, absolutely distinguished from the faith of the Apostles while Christ was on earth and from the beliefs of demons. It is the faith that is not merely a speculative, rational thing, a cold, lifeless assent, a train of ideas in the head. It is a disposition of the heart. It is written in the Scripture, "With the heart man believeth unto righteousness;" and, "If thou shalt confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, You shall be saved."
This is the difference of the faith which the Apostles themselves had while our Lord was on earth, that it
acknowledges the necessity and merit of His death, and the power of His resurrection. It acknowledges His death as the only sufficient means of redeeming man from death eternal, and His resurrection as the restoration of us all to life and immortality; inasmuch as He "was delivered for our sins, and rose again for our justification."