Faith means to have trust/confidence in God. You can't have trust in God without having a good conscience toward God. You can't have a good conscious toward God without obeying Him. Believing in Jesus is the first commandment of God we are told to obey. There are many other commandments we must live in obedience unto if we desire to be saved.
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Faith means to have trust/confidence in God.
"Faith" is a large subject and truly would be needed to be broken down into several aspects
before its true biblical meaning is understood correctly.
Faith in one biblical sense does mean to have confidence in God's testimony as it is revealed to us in the scriptures as the supreme and only
source of doctrine in everything~used in this sense we as believers believe in "Sola Scriptura" sole infallible source of authority for Christian faith and practice.
But to cut through all the theological debates and to keep this very short, the question that must be addressed is "WHOSE FAITH LEGALLY JUSTIFY US BEFORE GOD'S LAW?"
Is it the faith of
Jesus Christ, or man's? A man's answer to this question will reveal the gospel that he is trusting in to obtain eternal life in the world to come.
The gospel of Jesus Christ clearly reveals to us that the sinner is FREELY justified by the obedience, unrighteousness, and faith OF Jesus Christ
, not by the works of man, which faith is man's greatest act that pleases God and opens up the door of heaven upon the man/woman that trust totally in God in every area of one's life. The true gospel reveals HOW man has faith............through being chosen IN Christ from before the foundation of the world and place in him as members of his chosen body. All that Christ did, it was as though THEY DID THE SAME, and truly by the doctrine of imputation THEY DID. Another gospel
which truly is not another
(for there is ONLY ONE true gospel) teaches that man must do this, that, etc., BEFORE he will ever truly be saved from his sins and God's condemnation of those sins.
Also, the scriptures teach us that the very faith that a child of God has, and lives by is FREELY given to us on the behalf of Jesus Christ, who ALONE had faith. The very life of faith that a child of God lives by was earned for us BY CHRIST.
Galatians 2:16-21~"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain."
This is the true gospel IN A NUTSHELL, not John 3:16~these few scriptures are the most powerful scriptures in all of the word of God EXPLAINING how a sinner is freely justified~and the child of faith LOOKING TO CHRIST ALONE for his acceptance before God. Those who look to Christ alone basically declare that they are helpless sinners without any spiritual strength to save themselves and that ALL of their righteousness is as filthy rags and that Jesus Christ's righteousness is the atoning sacrifice offered to God for their sins and God ACCEPTED that perfect Lamb of God by raising him from the dead for death had NO CLAIMS upon that sinless sacrifice!
You can't have trust in God without having a good conscience toward God.
Very true~this good conscience was freely given at regeneration when the elect are born of the Spirit of God.
You can't have a good conscience toward God without obeying Him.
Sir, you cannot have EITHER without FIRST being born of God~such gift are the results of the new birth, not
the conditions thereof~OR ESLE, salvation from sin and condemnation is by the works of the law, flesh, etc. And that would make THAT GOSPEL another gospel
that stands in opposition to Jesus Christ's gospel preached by the apostle Paul.
Believing in Jesus is the first commandment of God we are told to obey.
AGREED! 1st John 3:21.
Which PROVES that our faith is NOT the means of our salvation from the condemnation of God's law. Besides our faith is SO IMPERFECT and at times almost nonexistence! Sad, but true.
There are many other commandments we must live in obedience unto if we desire to be saved
Well, it is all according to in what SENSE are you using the word saved? Saved as from condemnation of the law of God? No, that would place a person's dependant on receiving eternal life in THEIR HANDS, thereby, BY THEIR WORKS and would make Christ's death be in vain and useless.
Saved in a practical sense from error, false doctrines, God's chastisements, loss of peace, joy, and happiness, God's best for us in this life, etc.?YES