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Why does God require faith for salvation?

Faith and Salvation

Any relationship requires faith. And there is no such thing as blind Trust. True faith always rests upon the firm, underlying “substance” of sufficient proof 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 (Exodus 34:6-7).

Any one that looks at the Cross can easily trust the Lord and believe with full confidence in God’s love. The Bible declares, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). There is no greater love than this (John 15:13).

Therefore, we can be certain that God will not withhold any good thing from His children, whom He has bought with the blood of His dear Son (Psalm 84:11). Jesus said, “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).

Sin Breaks the Connection with God

Faith can take place only when the barrier of one’s sin has been removed by God’s power. Jesus Christ, the innocent Son of God, did not only die to forgive our sins but He also wants to cleanse us from all unrighteousness and give us victory over sin (John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 2 Peter 3:18; Romans 3:10-26). The Son of God came to restore the divine image (Genesis 1:26,27) in man by His enabling power (Philippians 4:13).

To be partakers of the divine nature, the Christian needs to claim God’s promises by faith. By simple trust, the he can consider himself already in possession of what has been promised him. His faith in the One who has made the promises leaves no doubt as to their fulfillment in the right time. Faith thus helps a Christian not only to claim future blessings but to receive them now. Thus, the promised inheritance becomes a present blessing. The hoped for victories are no longer only dreams but realities.

The infinite love of God, revealed in Christ Jesus, provides Christians with all the necessary evidence of God’s care that they may have faith in Him. There is nothing more that God can do. That’s why He said, “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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