What is Saving Faith?
Do you have Saving Faith?
In the Gospel of John chapter 3, Nicodemus, the great Jewish teacher and leader, came to Jesus by night to learn the truth. Jesus told Nicodemus in verse 3, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” A few verses later in John 3:16, Jesus goes on to explain to Nicodemus how to be saved: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Another lesson about Saving Faith is in the example of a prison guard who was guarding Apostle Paul and Silas in a dirty prison. As Paul and Silas were singing praises to God, God sent a great earthquake that opened all the doors of the prison. The prison guard was going to kill himself thinking all the prisoners had escaped. Paul called out to him, “We are all here!” Humbled, the guard asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). The answer is, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 16:31).
The Bible provides the answers to the questions, “Do you have Saving Faith?” and “What is Saving Faith?” Jesus and Paul each explained Saving Faith to two different individuals so that you and I would know God’s way of salvation.
Notice some important truths to Saving Faith.
There is only one person through whom Saving Faith is given.
Jesus Christ is the only Person who can save you! It is faith in Jesus as your Saviour from sin that releases you from Satan’s control and puts you into God's family (John 1:12-13).
Jesus is God. Jesus said in John 6:38, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” In John 10:30 Jesus said, “I and my Father are one.” In Hebrews 1:8, God the Father says that Jesus (the Son of God) is GOD: “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.”
Saving Faith is not received through a church, religion, or set of rules and traditions. It can only come directly from Jesus Christ.
There is only one plan to receive Saving Faith.
You must know and accept that you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Understand that there is a penalty for sin: “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23). You must admit that you are helpless without God’s mercy, as the publican said in Luke 18:13, “God be merciful to me a sinner.”
There is Hope! God knew that you would need a way to pay for sin. Romans 6:23 not only tells us of the price (“the wages of sin is death”), it also tells us of the payment: “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3).
Repent and Believe! Repent means to realise that you cannot do anything or enough things to earn salvation. Believe only in Jesus' payment for your sins through His death on the cross. To have Saving Faith, you must believe the truth that Jesus died for your sins and rose from the dead (Romans 10:8-13). Ephesians 2:8-9 teach the truth that salvation is “by grace through faith.” It is “not of works.”
There are only two places for someone to go for eternity.
The Lake of Fire! (Revelation 21:8)
Heaven! Jesus said in John 14:2-3, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
We lovingly and sincerely repeat the question,
“Do you have Saving Faith?”
If you do not have Saving Faith, please follow the example of the Philippian prison guard: choose to believe that Jesus paid the price for your sins through His death and that He rose again on the third day releasing you from the power of sin, of Satan, and of death. Romans 10:9-10 promises, “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.”