BCL Grow: True Faith — Galatians 2:20
Galatians 2:20 (Faith)
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. — Galatians 2:20
“21. Q. What is true faith?
A. True faith is a sure knowledge whereby I accept as true all that God has revealed to us in His Word. At the same time it is a firm confidence that not only to others, but also to me, God has granted forgiveness of sins, everlasting righteousness, and salvation, out of mere grace, only for the sake of Christ’s merits. This faith the Holy Spirit works in my heart by the gospel.” — Question and Answer 21, The Heidelberg Catechism.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: What is the root of true saving faith? What is its object?
2. Know: The Bible presents two alternatives for the object of faith—either faith in ourselves, that is in our own works; or, faith in another, that is in Christ Jesus and his work on behalf of those who have faith in him. Saving faith is even a gift of God (Eph. 2:8).
3. Believe: There is nothing we can do to save ourselves. No matter how good our works may seem on the outside, our inner heart remains stained by sin that separates us from life with God. But Christ Jesus lived a perfect life and obeyed even to the point of dying on a cross for God’s people. Know and believe in him with a hearty trust.
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