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Wordwise Insight, Issue #127
March 14, 2015


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): What must one believe to be saved?

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Saving Faith

(What must one believe to be saved?)

QUESTION: [In some detail, the writer explained the conflicting beliefs of two friends. The gist of his question seemed to be: what is the content of saving faith? Must we believe in the deity of Christ, or other important doctrines, in order to be saved?]

ANSWER: Good question. How many things does a person have to believe in order to be saved? Some swing the pendulum far in one direction or the other. They either cut the matter down to simple faith, without an adequate consideration of related questions (e.g. What is saving faith? And, faith in what or whom?). Others go to the opposite extreme, adding a great deal of doctrinal content to what a person must believe in order to be saved.

What is the good news (the gospel)? "I declare to you the gospel," says Paul, "that Christ died for our sins...and that He rose again" (I Cor. 15:1, 3, 4). The cross and the empty tomb are the foundation of the gospel of grace. And how does one appropriate Christ's saving Calvary work personally? It is by faith, apart from relying on any works or merit of our own (Eph. 2:8-9).

Various forms of words such as believe, and faith, are used in the New Testament over 500 times. They suggest such things as: an inner conviction, persuasion, and assurance about Christ, and trust in, confidence in, dependence and reliance on Him. Saving faith requires some knowledge of what the Lord Jesus did for us on the cross, an assent to what the Bible says about that, and dependence on Him alone for eternal salvation.

"What must I do to be saved?" asked the Philippian jailer. And the answer came back, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:30-31). Everlasting life is granted to "whoever believes in Him" (Jn. 3:16). And it is through ...

(To read the remainder of this article, click on Saving Faith.)


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