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FAITH (FEYTH) "Question: What is faith in Jesus Christ? Answer: Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospeL" WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM The Greek word for faith is the word, pistis, which means the conviction that something is true. For the purposes of our discussion here we will focus on the saving faith in Jesus. If understood correctly, faith applies not just to the moment of salvation, but to the entire life of the person from the moment of conversion. As Wayne Grudem states, "Saving faith is trust in Jesus Christ as a living person for forgiveness of sins and eternal life with God" (Bible Doctrine, 308). A couple of important factors should be remembered as we think about the significance of faith. First, we are saved by faith alone. Ephesians 2:8-9 makes this very clear. Paul says that "God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salva tion is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it." We do not earn our way to God. We do not work our way to heaven. When we were still in our sins, a rebel of the Kingdom of God, Jesus died for our sins (Romans 5:8). Second, faith without works is dead. James 2:17 indicates, "So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless." True faith in Jesus Christ will bring about a change in the life of the person. Paul speaks to this change as putting off the old man and putting on the new self (Ephesians 4:17-24). Theologically the term regeneration is used to identify this new birth. If a person is truly saved, he will show it in the way he lives his life. At this point some may be a little confused, because it may seem as though two different things are being said: (1) It is all about faith without works, and (2) Faith has works. Contrary to what some may suggest, I believe the two concepts fit together nicely, as long as we have the proper understanding of each concept. The idea of faith alone without works speaks directly to the each concept.... View Full Document

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