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November 27, 2007 / Daniel

Conversion

I believe that God’s gracious work of salvation demands us to respond in faith and repentance (Matt. 3:2; Luke 15:7; John 1:12; 3:16; Acts 3:19; Rom. 3:22; 1 John 1:9). In the NT, conversion was marked by believer’s baptism and the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:38-39; 8:12-17; 10:44-48; Rom. 6:1-4; 1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:1-5, 27; 1 Pet. 3:21).

I believe that saving faith will produce faithful obedience which has been empowered by God’s grace and the work of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 1:5; 5:3-5; Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 2:10; James 2:14-26). Scripture teaches that saving faith must also be a persevering faith (Mark 4:13-20; 13:13; Rom. 8:13; 11:18-24; 1 Cor. 15:1-2; Gal. 1:8-9; 5:4; Col. 1:23; Heb. 4:1) .

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  1. Matthew C / Nov 27 2007 8:33 pm

    I dont agree with everything you say here.

  2. Ken / Nov 28 2007 7:37 pm

    You might find the Westminster Confession’s statement on saving faith interesting:

    1. The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word, by which also, and by the administration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengthened.

    2. By this faith, a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God Himself speaking therein; and acteth differently upon that which each particular passage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life, and that which is to come. 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.

    3. This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong; may be often and many ways assailed, and weakened, but gets the victory: growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance, through Christ, who is both the author and finisher of our faith.

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