Faith is a Gift of God

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September 4, 2018 by directorfsm

4 Sept 2002

Fall flat before Christ, cast yourself upon him and rest upon him completely. He can support you for ever. Faith looks to Jesus Christ as he is indeed the Son of God, as he is indeed perfect, sinless, and true man.

By this phrase “faith in Jesus Christ” we are referring to a saving grace, whereby sinners receive and rest upon Christ alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel, and we are affirming that that faith is a gift of God. We are talking about a wholehearted reliance on and trust in Jesus Christ the inviting and welcoming Saviour. You see me leaning on this pulpit rail, leaning my full weight upon it. Faith is leaning on Christ. It would be a better illustration if I stretched myself out on a flat rock. Fall flat before Christ, cast yourself upon him and rest upon him completely. He can support you for ever. Faith looks to Jesus Christ as he is indeed the Son of God, as he is indeed perfect, sinless, and true man. Faith looks to Christ and focuses upon his work as redeemer. It apprehends his life of perfect obedience and his sacrificial death on Calvary as the spotless Lamb. Faith considers Jesus’ relationship to us as prophet, priest and king. In other words, saving faith lays hold of these things – who Christ is, what he has done, and what he is to us. But it never stops there. My will is active in terms of his relationship to me. As a Prophet I learn from and believe everything he says. As a Priest who has offered a perfect sacrifice to God I depend on him alone for salvation, and as a King I gladly bow in submission to him and give myself in wholehearted obedience to him. That is saving faith in Christ, and I am saying that such faith is granted to us by God – his gift of grace to favoured sinners…

One of my favorite quotes and points Geoff makes: “Man does not posses a free will. Martin Luther wrote a book entitled The Bondage of the Will…The will is in the chains of an evil human nature.”

Continued at source: Faith is a Gift of God
 

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