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Ep. 233 – True Saving Faith

Join the guys as they continue their discussion of “What is the Gospel?” with today’s exploration of faith and its transformative power in today’s discussion that is both captivating and profound.

Show Notes

Grace and faith, central to Christian doctrine, are vital elements of salvation. Grace, God’s unmerited favor, stands alone, and faith is the vehicle through which this divine gift is delivered. Faith signifies the end of self, trusting entirely in someone else—either oneself or Christ. Ray, E.Z., Mark, and Oscar begin today’s discussion by identifying the difference between grace and faith, focusing on what makes faith a saving faith.

Faith is the assurance of hoped-for things (Hebrews 11). It involves taking God at His word, rooted in the finished work of Christ. Abraham’s belief in God was accounted to him for righteousness, highlighting that faith is a gift from God, a work done by Him. The guys emphasize that faith is a complete trust in Christ’s finished work.

The question arises: Is faith learned, gained, or given? The guys discuss the book of Romans and how it emphasizes faith as a free gift, given without conditions. The gospel’s divine nature surpasses human comprehension, and faith is a gift bestowed by God, initiating the relationship with the spiritually dead man.

Faith and unbelief can’t exist at the same time. While Christians may face doubts, trusting in God remains essential. God’s promises are unwavering, and believers can be sure that God fulfills His word. A believer’s faith, though growing, may not move mountains, yet it pleases God.

The relationship between grace and faith is inseparable, though they are two very different things. Grace saves, and faith receives this unmerited favor. Saving faith encompasses knowledge, assurance, and conviction, transforming desires and driving a pursuit of God.

The guys compare the doctrine of faith alone to pop culture Christianity, revealing stark differences. Scripture serves as the ultimate test of truth. Traditions, sacraments, and confessions in some practices contradict faith alone, veering toward a works-based approach. Justification hinges on faith, not works, and salvation through faith leads to genuine good works. True faith produces thankfulness and zealous pursuit of good works, demonstrating a living faith.

In conclusion, grace and faith are integral to Christian theology. Grace, God’s unmerited favor, stands alone, while faith is the vehicle for receiving this divine gift. Faith involves trust in Christ’s finished work, is a complete assurance rooted in knowledge, and transforms desires. Understanding the relationship between grace and faith is crucial, emphasizing the inseparable connection and the distinctiveness of each element in the salvation narrative.

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