It Is Not Easy to Believe, Part 2 (Understanding God’s Great Salvation #44)

The Bible says in Romans 8:1: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from William Temple. He said: “The only thing of our very own which we contribute to our salvation is the sin which makes it necessary.

Our topic today is titled It Is Not Easy to Believe (Part 2) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.

Faith has an intellectual facet to it. The essential facts are that Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead. In addition, faith involves assent or agreement with those facts. One can know the facts of the Gospel and either agree or disagree with them. But faith also involves an act of the will, for we can decide either to obey or to reject God’s command to believe. And making whichever choice we do involves our will.

These three aspects of faith are quite standard in theology. For example, Charles Hodge summarized the meaning of faith that is connected with the Gospel this way: “That faith, therefore, which is connected with salvation includes knowledge, that is a perception of the truth and its qualities; assent, or the persuasion of the truth of the object of faith; and trust, or reliance. The exercise, or state of mind expressed by the word faith, as used in the Scriptures, is not mere assent, or mere trust; it is the intelligent perception, reception, and reliance on the truth, as revealed in the Gospel.”

Please observe the clear focus of Hodge’s definition. He is defining faith “which is connected with salvation.”

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