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SAVING FAITH

Introduction (Heb. 11:1)

1a We frequently speak of faith as an important part of salvation as well as the Christian walk

2a However, do we really understand how that faith carries out its work? Lets explore these other aspects of salvation

I The Definition of Saving Faith

1a Definition of “Faith” (Heb. 11:1): putting our trust in what we can not prove

2a Definition of “Saving”

1b A faith that has the ability to totally rescue someone from peril (faith in a doctor?)

2b This faith is only valid if it placed in someone who can live up to his promises: God

II The Exploration of Saving Faith

1a The distinction of Saving Faith

1b There are two types of biblical faith spoken of in the Scriptures

1c Saving Faith: the channel through a person comes to Christ and is given to all believers and some unbelievers (Eph. 2:8-10)

2c Gift of Faith: a gift of the Holy Spirit given to some believers (1 Cor. 12:7-9)

2b To properly understand Saving Faith and its workings we must keep the distinction between this two in mind as we study the Scriptures

2a The scope of Saving Faith

1b All generations (Heb. 11:3, 25-40)

1c It encompasses all generations from Adam through Millennium

1d Faith is translated only 2 times in the OT

2d But “Trust” (152), “Believe” (43)

3d Statement of Hab. 2:4, “The just shall live by faith”

2c In the Millennium – Christ will be present, so will participants of the resurrection, etc. – faith may not play as important a role

2b All Individuals: (Jn. 3:16)

1c Salvation is for the “whosoever wills” and thus faith in one part or another is given to man kind (John 1:9; Rom. 1 Nature and Rom. 2 Conscious)

2c Saving Faith begins before salvation in the heart of the unbeliever through the work of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 3:2-4) and may die out before reaching its desired outcome (Matt. 13:3-8; 1 Tim. 4:1; Jn. 6:45 (heard and learned);Rev. 2:13)

3c Mature saving Faith continues doing the work of salvation until the believer’s faith is replaced by sight Eph. 2:8 – perfect passive participle;(Gal. 3:1-12; Rom. 8:1-11; sight - 2 Cor. 4:18; 5:6-8; Rom. 8:24-25)

3a The potential of Saving Faith

1b Christ told His disciples that even the smallest quantity of faith could move a mountain (faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains (Matt. 17:14-20)

2b Note two things about faith’s potential

1c It is not the size of faith that makes the difference but rather whether the individual embraces that faith – to give himself to it

2c It is not faith that moves mountains but it is through faith in God that mountains are moved! (James 1:5-6)

4a The work of Saving Faith

1b Faith is not the means of salvation, but the channel of salvation (Eph. 2:8-9)

1c Having “faith” will not save a person – faith is medium through which we make contact with genuine salvation

2c Illustrated: being struck down with a life threatening illness

1d Faith leads us to seek out the medical help that will cure the illness

2d However, faith can also lead us to seek out treatment that will be ineffective and we will die (Witch doctor, fail healer)

2b Saving faith then leads us to the cure of our sin sickness – Jesus Christ (John 14:6)

1c All of us our born to have faith

1d Unfortunately false faith comes naturally to us (Isa. 53:6; Rom. 1)

1e Faith in ourselves

2e Faith in others

3e Faith in religions

4e Faith in religious acts

5e Faith in other gods

6e Faith in mankind

2d Unfortunately that this faith blinds us to true faith (Rom. 3:10-12; 8:7; 2 Cor. 4:4)

2c God, therefore, gives the sinner faith by removing His blindness so that he might believe the truth (John 6:44-45; Acts 16:14; 2 Cor. 3:14-16) – I can not tell you factually why I believe, I just do!

3c With his blinders removed and the faith of God imparted, man must then choose whether he will embrace this new faith or turn his back on it.