Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Catechism #35

Q. What is faith in Jesus Christ?
A. Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation.

Last week we looked at the need for putting our faith in Jesus, but this week we will go a step further. It is not enough to put our faith in Jesus; we need to put our faith in Jesus alone.

Many people believe in Jesus, and they can testify that He died on the cross and rose again. That doesn’t mean those people have been saved. In fact, the Bible tells us that the demons believe and tremble (James 2:19), yet they are not saved.

There are different layers of faith and belief, so some believe as in an intellectual assessment, yet there is not a dependence on Christ. There is a major difference between the two, yet it can be said that both believe.

We must have faith in Jesus, and Jesus alone. We cannot say we trust in Jesus for our salvation, all the while still trying to work our way to heaven; neither can we claim faith in Jesus plus some other religion.

The reason we trust in only Jesus is only Jesus can save us. As the Lamb of God, Jesus’ death satisfied the Father in a way that no animal sacrifice or human death ever could. We needed a sinless substitute, and only Jesus fit the bill.

When we talk about trusting in Jesus, that is what we mean: we trust that Jesus shed His perfect blood, and that the Father was satisfied with it. There remains no more need of any sacrifice (Hebrews 10:18). That is what we put our faith in.

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