Borrowed Truths

The Gift Of Faith

the gift of faith
Borrowed Truths

The Gift Of Faith

Faith is not trust; faith is believing what the Word of God says about His Son.

Saving faith brings trust.

We cannot believe what we do not trust, belief must come first, trust follows belief.

I was wrong about this for a number of years, equating faith as the same as trust, but no longer, how could I trust in Him in whom I had no faith in? Faith in the Son of God for who the Word of God says He is, is the beginning of our walk with Him. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb. 11:6) We trust in the promises, we trust God to fulfill all that His Word says, but we must first have faith that what He has revealed to us about His Son is indeed the truth.

All of us came to the acknowledgment of Jesus Christ as Lord by faith, the truth of this is revealed to those that God has chosen. “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matt. 22:14) This faith is not even our own, it is as much a gift as our salvation is, for Ephesians 2:8-9 is also a truth, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Faith, salvation, and all that come from God are gifts, there is no work that we can do that can add to or earn us salvation in any way, rewards are given for works, gifts are given to those who have not earned them. You do not give your wife or husband a gift because they have earned anything, but simply out of love, our faith is a gift from God. Our response is to trust Him in all things.

A profession of our faith comes after salvation, baptism is an act of profession, it has no saving power within it, we are saved by grace through faith. Our trust in the Lord is shown by our obedience to His will and Word in our lives, we live to glorify God. “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:8) “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)

We cannot increase our faith, but our trust in the Almighty can, and indeed should grow. The newborn Christian does not trust the Lord as much as the one who has been led by Him for many decades, and the one who has been walking with the Lord for many years does not need for the Lord to continue to prove His trustworthiness to him, he walks by faith, not sight. The same faith that saved him, the same faith that saved you and me, the grace through faith that saves all who call upon the name of the Lord.

Trust, whether we want to admit it or not, must be earned, faith cannot be earned, it cannot be purchased, bargained for or worked for, faith is a gift of God.

Many are shown the truth of these words, but not all will accept them, they will not find the narrow gate because they believe they must perform some deed for their salvation, that some work by them must be accomplished before the Lord will accept them. They do all they can to find a work around, if you will to Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” To Romans 3:10, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”

It cannot be found, for it does not exist, that day on the cross was the only sufficient sacrifice that the Almighty would accept. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Cor. 5:21)

If you have been born-again, God called you, you believed what He said about His Son, faith was given to you as a gift, you were chosen. From that point trust began. It is called being justified, and the humble servant will rejoice in every moment of it. “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.” (Romans 10:9)

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