What Saving Faith Looks Like

What Saving Faith Looks Like

It is important to understand that saving faith is not simply believing some historical fact with one’s mind. For example, we believe that George Washington was the first president of the United States and that Hitler ruled Germany in World War II and that Mahatma Gandhi lived in India. But such beliefs do not change the lives of those who believe. Likewise, many people believe that Jesus Christ lived long ago and that He did many wonderful things, but this belief does not change their lives.

Saving faith is different from this.

 

  1. Saving faith is an undivided

The Bible says that Jesus is the only Lord and Savior. See John 14:6; Acts 4:12. To be saved I must believe that Jesus Christ ALONE is Lord and Savior, just as the Bible says. Some people try to add Jesus to their other gods. They want to believe in Jesus while believing in other lords as well. No one can be saved this way.

 

  1. Saving faith is a trusting

The word “believe” in the Bible means to trust, to depend upon, to commit oneself to.To be saved a person must fully trusthis soul and eternal destiny to the Lord Jesus. He must rely uponJesus and Jesus alone to forgive his sin and make him right with God and carry him to heaven. Trusting Jesus is like trusting a boat to carry me across a lake. It is not enough to look at the boat and to admire it. You must get into the boat and trust it to carry you safely to the other side.

Have you trusted Jesus to take away your sin? Some people say they believe in Jesus, but they continue to go through their old religious rituals. This proves they are not truly trusting in Jesus. When we trust Jesus, we realize that we do not need any vain religious rituals for salvation.

 

  1. Saving faith is a convinced
To be saved I must be fully convincedthat Jesus is Lord and Savior and that He will fulfill His promises to me. True salvation is a know-so salvation. This is the kind of faith that Jesus’ early disciples had. See Peter’s testimony in John 6:66-69. This is the testimony of a genuinely saved person. We can be sure because of God’s promises (1 John 5:11-13). In contrast is the “faith” of those who say they “hope” they will be saved, meaning they aren’t sure. Saving faith doesn’t hope it makes it into heaven. Saving faith is sure, certain, convinced. It is not 99% faith in Jesus. It is 100% faith in Jesus. Our salvation is “by grace, through faith in Jesus” (Ephesians 2:8-9).