Why does God require faith as a prerequisite of salvation?

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Any relationship requires faith. And there is no such thing as blind faith. Genuine faith always rests upon the firm, underlying “substance” of sufficient evidence to warrant confidence in what is not yet seen.

God has revealed enough of His character for us to be able to trust and have faith in Him. He has shown that He is all-loving, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-wise, all-holy and unchanging. He has shown that He is worthy of our trust. Any one that looks at the Cross can easily trust the Lord and believe with full confidence that God will not withhold any good thing from His children that He has bought with the blood of His dear Son “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:11).

But this realization can take place only when the barrier of one’s sin has been removed by God’s grace. Jesus Christ, the innocent Son of God, died on the cross to take our punishment and change us so that we can become children of God (John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 2 Peter 3:18; Romans 3:10-26).

By faith the Christian considers himself already in possession of what has been promised him. His utter confidence in the One who has made the promises leaves no uncertainty as to their fulfillment in due time. Faith thus enables a Christian not only to lay claim to promised blessings but to receive and to enjoy them now. Thus, the promised inheritance becomes a present possession. The good things to come are no longer only dreams to be fulfilled in the future, but living realities in the present.

To the eye of faith what is otherwise invisible becomes visible. Faith is not abstract belief but a settled assurance, based on confidence that God will fulfill His promises. The infinite love of God as revealed in Christ Jesus provides man with the ultimate and only effective incentive to salvation. At the Cross, God provided all the evidence of His love to gain our trust and faith. That’s why He said, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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