STATE OF FAITH
§ 147. The state of saving faith 1 is the continued possession 2 of the benefits of Christ’s sacrifice through an enduring confidence in Christ the Savior and the promises of the Gospel.3
1. The state of saving faith…
Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.
II Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith.
I Corinthians 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
Galatians 2:20 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.
Acts 16:5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.
Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
I Timothy 2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
II Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
II Corinthians 10:15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labors; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly.
I Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
2. … is the continued possession
Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him.
I Peter 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
II Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.
Galatians 5:4–5 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the Law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
I Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
3. …of the benefits of Christ’s sacrifice through an enduring confidence in Christ the Savior and the promises of the Gospel.
II Timothy 3:14–15 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
John 6:68–69 Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.