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FAITH IN CHRIST
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[ Also see Christ Christ (Saviour) Christian Christianity Faith Faith in God Religion ]

It appears to me that, even within the recollection of living men, the Christian faith has come to be less and less regarded as a commanding and mighty power from heaven, a voice of authority, a law of holy life, but more and more as an easy going guide to future enjoyment, to a universal happiness and an indiscriminate salvation.
      - Frederic Dan Huntington

We are not saved by nations or by churches or by families, but as individuals, through a personal interest in a personal Saviour.
      - John Angell James

When there is a clear reception of truth as revealed, declared, or testified to, the soul believes in that truth. There is here the idea of transfer. The truth has been received through or from an accredited witness. It is revealed from faith to faith." When the soul, conscious of weakness or want, looks to, trusts in, or waits upon another for help and strength, this is resting on, relying on, acting faith on, that other for the desired blessing. And when the soul believes or acts faith into another, there is an entire self-surrender to the authority and sovereign will of that other to rule. There is here the idea of the soul going out to rest on the power, and to be subordinate to, the authority of another. Thus the Israelites "were all baptized unto or into Moses in the cloud and in the sea."
      - John Angell James

We have nothing to do but to receive, resting absolutely upon the merit, power, and love of our Redeemer.
      - William James

The righteousness which is by faith in Christ is a loving heart and a loving life, which every man will long to lead who believes really in Jesus Christ.
      - Charles Kingsley

We believe that the very beginning and end of salvation and the sum of Christianity, consists of faith in Christ, who by His blood alone, and not by any works of ours has put away sin, and destroyed the power of death.
      - Martin Luther

Faith does not first ask what the bread is made of, but eats it. It does not analyze the components of the living steams but with joy draws water from the "wells of salvation."
      - John MacDuff

Faith has in it the recognition of the certainty and the justice of a judgment that is coming down crashing on every human head; and then from the midst of these fears and sorrows and the tempest of that great darkness there rises up in the night of terrors the shining of one perhaps pale, quivering, distant, but divinely given hope, "My Saviour! My Saviour! He is righteous; He has died; He lives! I will stay no longer; I will cast myself upon Him!
      - Alexander Maclaren

Faith refers to Christ. Holiness depends on faith. Heaven depends on holiness.
      - Alexander Maclaren

If faith, then, new birth; if new birth, then "an heir of God, and a joint-heir with Christ." But if you have not got your foot upon the lowest round of the ladder, you will never come within sight of the blessed face of Him who stands at the top of it, and who looks down to you at this moment, saying to you, "My child, wilt thou not at this time cry unto me, 'Abba, Father?'"
      - Alexander Maclaren

Logically, faith comes first, and love next; but in life they will spring up together in the soul; the interval which separates them is impalpable, and in every act of trust, love is present; and fundamental to every emotion of love to Christ is trust in Christ.
      - Alexander Maclaren

Nothing but Christian faith gives to the furthest future the solidity and definiteness which it must have if it is to be a breakwater for us against the fluctuating sea of present cares and thoughts.
      - Alexander Maclaren

That is faith, cleaving to Christ, twining round Him with all the tendrils of our heart, as the vine does round its support.
      - Alexander Maclaren

The act of faith, which separates us from all men, unites us for the first time in real brotherhood; and they who, one by one, come to Jesus and meet Him alone, next find that they are come to the city of God "and to an innumerable company."
      - Alexander Maclaren

The true confidence which is faith in Christ, and the true diffidence which is utter distrust of myself--are identical.
      - Alexander Maclaren

There can be no faith so feeble that Christ does not respond to it.
      - Alexander Maclaren

True faith, by a mighty effort of the will, fixes its gaze on our Divine Helper, and there finds it possible and wise to lose its fears. It is madness to say, "I will not be afraid;" it is wisdom and peace to say, "I will trust and not be afraid."
      - Alexander Maclaren

Faith--saving faith--whatever other definition may be framed--is best described as that act of the soul by which the whole man is given over to the guardianship of the Mediator. He who thus resigns himself to Jesus avouches two things: first, his belief that he needs a protector; secondly, his belief that Christ is just that protector which his necessities require.
      - Henry Melville

Faith is reliance upon the sacrificial death of Christ for salvation and everlasting life. It is the act of the heart by which we heartily welcome Him into our souls. Faith is the primal grace. Faith is the cardinal grace. By holiness we are made like Christ; by faith we are made one with Christ; and being in Christ, we have peace.
      - Elihu Noble

If you feel sincerely sorry on account of your sins, and believe that Christ is able and willing to forgive you, the work is done. You may trust with all the confidence of a child who confesses his fault, and casts himself into his father's arms. This is faith; a simple trust in the power and willingness of the Father to forgive, for the sake of what Christ the Son has done.
      - Samuel Irenaeu Prime

Relying on the atonement which Christ has made, and desiring to be saved in no other way, I commit myself into Thy hands. O God, my Father! Take me, and do with me as Thou seest to be for Thy glory. I consecrate myself forever to Thy service, and trust for acceptance in the merits of Thy Son.
      - Samuel Irenaeu Prime

Child of God, if you would have your thought of God something beyond a cold feeling of His presence, let faith appropriate Christ.
      - Frederick William Robertson

When you have given yourself to Christ, leave yourself there, and go about your work as a child in His household.
      - Charles Seymour Robinson

I expect eternal life, not as a reward of merit, but a pure act of bounty. Detesting myself in every view I can take, I fly to the righteousness and atonement of my great Redeemer for pardon and salvation; this is my only consolation and hope. "Enter not into judgment, O Lord, with Thy servant; for in Thy sight shall no flesh be justified."
      - Elizabeth Singer Rowe

Faith from, its essential nature implies the fallen state of man, while it recognizes the principles of the covenant of grace. It is itself the condition of that covenant. It is a grace which is alike distinguished from the love of angels and the faith of devils. It is peculiar to the returning sinner. None but a lost sinner needs it; none but a humbled sinner relishes it.
      - Gardiner Spring


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