"So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
What defines Faith?
Saving faith includes knowledge, agreement, and trust.
Knowing/believing Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins.
John the Baptist said in
"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!"
The sins of the entire world—past, present, and future—have already been forgiven.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
For God didn't send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him.
He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn't believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God."
We agree that we can not earn salvation on our own no matter how “good” we are.
His grace has provided everything through the sacrifice of Jesus.
Our part is simple: We respond to His grace by
and agree/receive/apply what has already been accomplished.
We trust in things we don't fully understand all the time.
“How can this huge plane ever get off the ground?”, yet we board.
“How can this phone connect without a telephone line?”, yet we hear the voice.
For some reason, when it comes to God, what we don't understand fully is easier to dismiss
or put off until it's too late.
" Every word of God is pure: he is a shield to them that put their trust in him."
"Trust in the LORD with all thy heart; and lean not to thy own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thy own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
God has already done His part;
it is now up to you and I to receive the truth by faith and make it a reality in our lives.