- Parent Category: Bible Reference
- Category: What the Bible Teaches - R.A. TORREY
- Published on Monday, 21 May 2007 22:23
II. SAVING FAITH.
THE CHARACTER OF SAVING FAITH, OR HOW WE MUST BELIEVE IN ORDER TO BE SAVED.
Romans 10:9-10 — "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the (lead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
First Proposition: Saving faith is believing with the heart.
In order to be saved we must believe with the heart. In the Bible the heart stands for thought, feelings, and will. A heart-faith, then, is a faith that rules the thought, the feelings, and the will. The manifestation of heart-faith is action in the direction of that which is believed.
Compare to Hebrews 11:7-8,17, 19-20, 22, 24-26, 28 — "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went .... By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son ....
Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come .... By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones .... By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward .... Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them."
Compare also to Romans 4:18-21 RV — "Who in hope believed against hope, to the end that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, So shall thy seed be. And without being weakened in faith he considered his own body now as good as dead (he being about a hundred years old) and the deadness of Sarah's womb: yea, looking unto the promise of God, he wavered not through unbelief, but waxed strong through faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform." James 2:14, 21-22, 25 RV — "What doth it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but have not works?... Was not Abraham our father justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac his son upon the altar? Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect; . . . And in like manner was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works, in that she received the messengers, and sent them out another way?"
Second Proposition: Saving faith is a faith that works by doing that which the one who is believed in bids us do. Galatians 5:6 — -"For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love."
Third Proposition: Saving faith is faith that works by love. John 1:12 — "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."
Fourth Proposition: Saving faith is faith that receives Jesus Christ as He comes to us, and for all that He offers Himself to be.
He offers Himself as our sin-bearer and our deliverer from sin's power ( John 8:34,36). Saving faith accepts Him as such and rests all its hope for pardon on His atoning blood. Saving Faith relies utterly upon Him and expects Him to give deliverance. He offers Himself as our Teacher and Lord ( John 13:13). Saving Faith accepts Him as such and surrenders the mind unreservedly to His teaching and the life to His absolute control. 2 Timothy 1:12 — "For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day."
Fifth Proposition: Saving faith is faith that commits to Jesus Christ. Romans 10:13-14 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?" etc.
Sixth Proposition: Saving faith is a faith that calls upon the name of the Lord.
The context plainly shows that the Lord here is the Lord Jesus Christ (v. RV). To call on His name implies: (a) a deep recognition of our need of salvation; (b) an earnest desire to be saved; (c) an utter casting away of hope in any other way of salvation; and (d) a hope that He will save. The faith that recognizes our own lost condition, earnestly desires salvation, casts away all hope in any one or any thing but the Lord Jesus, and hopes (or has the assurance) that He will save, and puts Him to the test by crying to him, is the leith that saves. Romans 10:9 RV — "Because if thou shah confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shah be saved."
Seventh Proposition: Saving faith is faith that confesses Jesus as Lord. Hebrews 10:38-39 RV — "But my righteous one shall live by faith:
And if he shrink back, my soul hath no pleasure in him. But we are not of them that shrink back unto perdition; but of them that have faith unto the saving of the soul." (See the context, verses 32-37.)
Eighth Proposition: Saving faith is faith that does not shrink bach from professing and serving Jesus in danger and trial.
THE CONTENTS OF SAVING FAITH, OR WHAT WE MUST BELIEVE IN ORDER TO BE SAVED.
John 20:31 — "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Ninth Proposition: In order that we may have life we must believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. (Compare to 1 John 5:1.) Of course this must be a heart-faith, a faith that leads to action along the lines of that which is believed. Not merely a theological opinion that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, but a degree of assurance or conviction strong enough to lead us to trust in him, and to submit our thoughts, feelings, purposes, and lives to His control. Romans 1:16 — "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."
Tenth Proposition: In order to be saved, we must believe the gospel.
QUESTION: What is the gospel?
ANSWER: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures." (See also Romans 1:17-25.)
The gospel is that "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures .... was buried .... and rose again." This we must believe in order to be saved.
This involves faith in Him as the Christ, the Son of God. ( Romans 1:4 "And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.") Faith that He died for our sins brings pardon, and faith that he rose again brings deliverance from sin's power. Of course, this also must be a heartfaith. Romans 10:9 — "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
Eleventh Proposition: In order to be saved, we must believe that God raised Jesus from the dead.
This involves faith in His divinity ( Romans 1:4), in His propitiatory death and God's acceptance of it ( Romans 4:25), in His intercession for us ( Hebrews 7:25), and in His power to deliver us from sin. Luke 7:48-50 — "And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace."
Twelfth Proposition: In order to be saved, we must believe that Jesus can and will forgive our sin.
This faith involves faith in the divinity of Jesus, for God alone can forgive sin.