ANSWER TO QUESTION 89 5/31/20

89. What is evangelical or saving faith?

ANS: Evangelical or saving faith is the gift of God, the consequence of regenerating grace, which, without reservation, lays hold of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior for salvation.

SEE: Acts 16:30-31; Rom 10:9-10; Eph 2:8-9.

The following are examples of faith as personal, saving belief: Matt 18:6; Mk 1:15; John 1:12-13; 9:35-38; 11:27; 12:39-41; 20:31; Acts 4:4; 8:36-37; 13:39,48; 14:1; 18:27; Rom 3:21-23, 27-31; 4:11, 24; 10:13-14, 17; 1 Cor 1:21; 2:1-5; Phil 1:29; 1 Thess 2:13; 2 Thess 1:10; 1 Tim 1:16; 4:3,10; Heb 4:3; 10:38-39; 11:1-40; James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:5, 7; 1 John 2:23; 5:4,13.

The following are examples of faith as connoting the doctrinal content or the substantial teaching of Christianity, the content of Divine revelation which the faithful are to believe: Acts 6:7; 13:8; 14:22; 16:5; Rom 1:5; 10:8; 14:1; 1 Cor 16:13; 2 Cor 13:5; Gal 1:23; Eph 4:5, 13; Col 1:23; 2:5; 1 Tim 6:21; 2 Tim 4:7; Titus 1:4; 13; Jude 3.

The following are examples of a defective or temporary “faith” or “belief” which is distinct from true, saving faith; Luke 8:13; John 2:23-25; 8:30-59; 12:42; Acts 8:13-24; 26:27-28; Heb 6:1-9; 10:38-39; James 2:14-26.