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Is salvation by faith?  How much faith must we have?  Will a “little” faith do?  Must we have a “great” faith to be saved?  When does faith save?  These and other questions will be answered in this article.

 

Is salvation by faith?

 Yes, salvation is by faith.  The Scriptures affirm that God has determined to save those that believe, but we should not assume that this statement gives us the entire story.  (1 Corinthians 1: 21)

 

Is faith the basis of salvation?

 No the grace of God is the basis of our salvation.  Faith saves us in that it is our connection to the grace of God.  Faith by itself does not save.  Grace is the “why” of salvation; faith is the “how” of salvation.  Salvation is a gift of God; it is not of ourselves.  (Ephesians 2: 8)

 

Can “works” of man connect us to the grace of God?

 No the works of man, done to appear righteous before God, cannot save.  Works imply merit and obligation.  Salvation is by the favor of God without any obligation on God’s part. In order to be made righteous by works, sinless obedience would be required.   But we should not hastily conclude that every response is included in this term, works of righteousness.  (Ephesians 2: 9; 2 Timothy 1: 9; Titus 3: 5; Galatians 3: 10, 11; James 2: 10)

 

Does obedience save? 

 Yes, the Scriptures affirm it and some twenty other factors save.  It is deceptive to claim that salvation is by faith alone as so many so.  (2 Thessalonians 1: 6- 10; Hebrews 5: 9; Romans 6: 17, 18)

 

Do the Scriptures affirm salvation by faith alone?

 No, but many men do.  They are deceived and deceiving others.  If they had a passage, they would surely bring it forth.  The Scriptures affirm that faith, which saves and justifies is never alone.  (James 2: 14- 26; Galatians 5: 6)

 

How does obedience save?

Obedience saves by demonstrating and perfecting or completing faith not by making us righteous before God.  Obedience is the “when” of salvation.

 

When is faith  “perfected” so as to save?

 Faith saves when it is perfected by obedience in love.  God has given us three measures of a perfected faith.

 Do the Scriptures affirm that salvation is not received immediately upon believing?

 Yes they do.  John 1: 12, 13 tells us that when one receives Christ by believing in His name, he is giving the right to become a child of God.  Notice, he does not immediately become a child of God but he is given the right to become one by being born again

 

 How does a correct view of regeneration confirm the fact that salvation is not given immediately upon faith?

 Regeneration is the passing from spiritual death to life in Christ by becoming a child of God.

 

Conclusion:

We conclude that one is saved by grace through a “perfected” faith  A perfected faith is an obedient faith.  God has not left us to hopelessly wonder; He has told us exactly when our faith is reckoned for righteousness

 

God bless,

Arland Pafford,

 

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Last Update   09/26/12