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Question What is faith in Jesus Christ?
Answer Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, 1 whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel. 2
[1] Hebrews 10:39
[2] John 1:12; Isaiah 26:3-4; Philippians 3:9; Galatians 2:16

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Is faith a free gift and therefore a grace?

Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, to believe on him,
Philippians 1:29

Is it particularly a gift of the Spirit?

Thus Barnabas is said to be full of the Holy Ghost and of faith,
Acts 11:24

And a gift that distinguishes the elect of God from all others?

’Tis the faith of God’s elect,
Titus 1:1

Is it a saving grace?

For we believe to the saving of the soul,
Hebrews 10:39

But is it so by any inherent merit or efficacy of its own?

But as it receives the gift of righteousness,
Romans 5:17

Is God the ultimate object of faith?

Ye believe in God,
John 14:1

And is Christ the immediate object of it?

Believe also in me,
John 14:1

Is the heart the seat of it?

With the heart man believeth unto righteousness.
Romans 10:10

And are sensible convinced sinners the subjects of it?

They shall come who were ready to perish,
Isaiah 27:13

Is faith imperfect in the present life?

Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.
Mark 9:24

But shall weak faith be supported?

A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench,
Matthew 12:20

And strengthened?

I can do all things through Christ, who strengtheneth me,
Philippians 4:13

Does true faith imply an assent of the understanding?

I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God,
Acts 8:37

And a consent of the will?

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,
1 Timothy 1:15

Doth it imply the soul’s reception of Christ?

Ye have received the Lord Jesus Christ,
Colossians 2:6

And its reliance upon him?

In whom ye also trusted,
Ephesians 1:13

And its cleaving to him?

And exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart, they would cleave unto the Lord,
Acts 11:23

And that to the utter exclusion of every thing else?

For whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Philippians 3:8

Is there something which the believing soul commits to Christ?

I know whom I have believed, and that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him,
2 Timothy 1:12

And something that he expects from him?

Looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life,
Jude 21

Is true faith a vital principle?

The just shall live by faith,
Habakkuk 2:4

And an active principle?

It worketh by love,
Galatians 5:6

And a victorious principle?

This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith,
1 John 5:4

And an establishing principle?

By faith ye stand,
2 Corinthians 1:24

And a soul comforting principle?

I had fainted unless I had believed,
Psalm 27:13

And a God exalting principle?

Abraham was strong in faith, giving glory to God,
Romans 4:20

And is it on all these accounts a precious principle?

To them that have obtained like precious faith,
2 Peter 1:1

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Question What is justifying faith?
Answer Justifying faith is a saving grace, 1 wrought in the heart of a sinner by the Spirit 2 and word of God, 3 whereby he, being convinced of his sin and misery, and of the disability in himself and all other creatures to recover him out of his lost condition, 4 not only assenteth to the truth of the promise of the gospel, 5 but receiveth and resteth upon Christ and his righteousness, therein held forth, for pardon of sin, 6 and for the accepting and accounting of his person righteous in the sight of God for salvation. 7
[1] Hebrews 10:39
[2] 2 Corinthians 4:13; Ephesians 1:17–19
[3] Romans 10:14–17
[4] Acts 2:37; 16:30; John 16:8–9; Romans 6:6; Ephesians 2:1; Acts 4:12
[5] Ephesians 1:13
[6] John 1:12; Acts 16:31; 10:43
[7] Philippians 3:9; Acts 15:11