Quotes on Saving Faith
In reading descriptions of saving faith from many different (theological) places there is a common thread; ‘believing that God would receive and accept them based solely on the merit of Christ.’
Also they teach that men cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works, but are freely justified for Christ’s sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor, and that their sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake, who, by His death, has made satisfaction for our sins. This faith God imputes for righteousness in His sight. Rom. 3 and 4. – Augsburg Confession Article IV.
…in the very moment that a soul frightened by God’s law believes that Jesus can and will blot out his guilt and make him righteous before God, it happens even as he believes. Jesus “blots out his transgressions as a thick cloud,” clothes the soul in His meritorious righteousness, and grants it “an inheritance among them that are sanctified by faith in Jesus,” who has purchased this with His obedience, with His blood and death. – Henric Schartau; sermon on the Third Sunday after Epiphany.
The greatness of her faith appears in this, that she just acted faith, instead of hunting around her heart first, to see if she had got any. Herein she was a good example for many a sinner that resorts to this sanctuary. If they would but go to Christ as they are, as sinners, as undone sinners, believing that he would accept such, many a dark day would be turned into a bright one—many a heavy and hesitating heart would make this woman’s proof of Christ, and get this woman’s answer: O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. – Ichabod Spencer, The Faith of the Canaanite Woman.
Saving faith may thus be defined as a voluntary turning from all hope and grounds based on self-merit, and assuming an attitude of expectancy toward GOD, trusting Him to do a perfect saving work based only on the merit of CHRIST. – Lewis Sperry Chafer, True Evangelism.
I find that a great number of people have a difficulty in receiving forgiveness, not because they have a difficulty in understanding that God is willing to grant them forgiveness, but because they have a difficulty in ascertaining how they are to come to know they are forgiven. Now, how do you know that anyone forgives you? Just by taking him at his word. – John Kirk, God’s Earnest Entreaty.