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Westminster Confession of 1646: Of Saving Faith

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Chapter XIV. Of Saving Faith

I. The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, (Hbr 10:39); is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, (2Co 4:13; Eph 1:17-19; Eph 2:8); and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word, (Rom 10:14, 17); by which also, and by the administration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengthened, (1Pe 2:2; Act 20:32; Rom 4:11; Luk 17:5; Rom 1:16-17).

II. By this faith, a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God Himself speaking therein, (Jhn 4:42; 1Th 2:13; 1Jo 5:10; Act 24:14); and acteth differently upon that which each particular passage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands, (Rom 16:26); trembling at the threatenings, (Isa 66:2); and embracing the promises of God for this life, and that which is to come, (Hbr 11:13; 1Ti 4:8). But the principal acts of saving faith are accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace, (Jhn 1:12; Act 16:31; Gal 2:20; Act 15:11).

III. This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong, (Hbr 5:13-14; Rom 4:19-20; Mat 6:30; Mat 8:10); may be often and many ways assailed, and weakened, but gets the victory, (Luk 22:31-32; Eph 6:16; 1Jo 5:4-5): growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance, through Christ, (Hbr 6:11-12; Hbr 10:22; Col 2:2); who is both the author and finisher of our faith, (Hbr 12:2).

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