The various aspects of the benefits of redemption are inter-connected to assurance of salvation in a range of ways. Assurance is a far too neglected topic in the church in general. Paul writes that we are to examine ourselves (2 Cor 13:5), but also there is the necessity for strengthening the faith and assurance of the elect of God in the church of God at the same time.
Chapter 14 of the Westminster Confession of Faith is concerned with the subject of saving faith.
Here are seven basic truths concerning true saving faith.
1. It is gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-10)
2.We should use the phrase more often “the grace of faith” (Hebrews 10:39). This would place emphasis then on a God-centred aspect of faith, rather on presenting a man-centred concept of faith. It is the grace of God which gives us faith in Christ Jesus.
3. Faith is strengthened through the means of grace; the Word, the sacraments and prayer
4. The Christian believes in the authority of God revealed in the written Scriptures.
5.The authority of the word of God is from the whole Trinity and the Christian has faith and confidence in the revelation of God.
I. The Scriptures are from God the Father: John 17:17
II. The scriptures are from God the Son: John 1:1 The Son is the Word
III. The Scriptures are from God the Holy Spirit: John 16:12-15 and 2 Peter 1:21
6. Marks of true saving faith are:
I. A yielding obedience to the commands of Scripture (Romans 16:26)
II. Trembling at the threatenings (Isaiah 66:2)
III. An embracing of the promises of God for this life and that which is to come (1 Timothy 4:8)
IV. Accepting, receiving and resting in Christ alone for salvation (Acts 15:11 and John 1:12)
7. Faith can be in degrees of weak and strong, it will be attacked but true faith will get the victory (1 John 5:4-5), Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus.
I hope that this little study could provide some people a brief outline for 30 minutes of personal Bible study in order to strengthen your faith.