What saves us: our faith — or our faith in the saving power of Jesus Christ alone? It makes a big difference, Christian apologist Josh McDowell explained recently on Trinity Broadcasting Network’s “Praise the Lord” show.
“The value of faith,” emphasized Josh to TBN host Arthur Blessitt, “is not in the value of the one exercising the faith, but the faithfulness of the One on whom that faith is focused. You see, salvation is by grace, through faith, in Jesus.”
But there is a problem with how many Christians view faith, explained Josh. “When we preach that we’re saved by faith, too many people today, especially young people, don’t have a genuine object to their faith, and before long they walk away from their commitment to Christ. That is because many young Christians today think that they are saved only by faith — that their faith saves them.”
Josh pointed out that often the way a person comes to faith in Christ will determine how he or she lives out that faith. “So if you think you are saved by your faith, then you will live your Christian life only by your faith — and you’ll fall flat on your face. You see, it’s faith in Christ. In Daniel 11:32 it says that those who know their God will do great exploits. And that is why I tell new believers: Get to know your Savior. Get to know the God you want to love.”
He emphasized that love a that lasts goes past nice feelings to knowing — and believing — the truth of God’s Word. “The Bible says that you shall know the truth — not just feel it — and the truth shall set you free!”
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