You Shall Be Saved By even the smallest bit of Faith
I often hear people say, “I am afraid I don’t know if I have enough faith.” How much faith do you need in order to be saved?
Faith is nothing more than the instrument to receive our salvation. Nowhere in Scripture will you find that we are justified on account of our faith. The Scripture says that we are justified by faith or through faith. Faith is nothing but the channel by which this righteousness of God in Christ becomes ours. It is not our faith that saves us. He tells us to Believe upon his words and we will be saved.
The Bible does not teach that you are justified because you have enough “faith”. No one can buy faith or work or do for God some sort of service by which she/he would be saved.
What saves us is the Lord Jesus the Christ and His perfect saving work. It is the final sacrifice the Christ upon Golgatha hill, that makes a final atonement for our sins and makes us at last ONE with God and His family, adopted as one of God’s children!
It is God accepting this ultimate sacrifice made by himself as Jesus, that finally rescues us.
Faith is only the channel and the instrument by which His righteousness becomes mine (2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 4:24). The righteousness that saves is entirely Christ’s. My faith is not my righteousness and I must never define or think of faith as righteousness. Faith is nothing but that which connects us to the Lord Jesus Christ and His righteousness.
The whole emphasis on salvation by faith is clearly on Jesus, who is the object of our faith. Jesus saves because his forgiveness can do what no one else in the universe can do! Faith does not save us. Jesus alone does that.
If we are saved at all it must be through faith in the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).
Charles Spurgeon once said, “It does not take a strong faith to save you, just faith. The weakness of your faith will not destroy you. A trembling hand may receive a golden gift.”
The object of our faith, The Christ, Jesus, is who/what is all-important. (Acts 16:31). Our faith must be focused on Christ Jesus and His saving work on the cross. He died as our substitute. We must trust in Christ to save us.
The righteousness that God has graciously provided becomes ours through simple faith. Ponder over Romans 3:22, 24-25, 26, 28, 30 and observe the emphasis the apostle Paul is making in these verses. Faith will not earn your salvation. If it did then faith would be works and God would owe you something. Faith is essential because only those individuals who put their trust in Christ will be saved. And that’s a good thing! What would it be if the way to salvation had some price in money or the size of a Temple you had built in the mountains of Tibet? Most of us would never be saved! More likely, we would lose our interest in short order and be lost to eternal death.
The apostle Paul wrote, in Romans 3
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in[b] Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[c] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—
Sinners are “justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith” (vv. 24-25a). God did it this way as a demonstration “that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (v. 26). You cannot boast if you are saved by grace through faith in Christ,
“For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the Law” (v. 28).
Moreover, “He will justify the circumcision by faith and the uncircumcised through faith” (v. 30).
It is honest and safe for you to finally accept the words handed down to us from God through Jesus The Christ. Believe upon Him, admit you have committed many sins simply because you have not kept all of God’s laws and ways. Confess to God and then to friends and perhaps in a church that you know you are a sinner and want salvation/rescue from all of this, so that you may have eternal happy life and be raised by God and made Like God!
There is nothing else you can do and nothing you can pay. You can’t be good enough to be saved and you cannot have enough faith to be saved. You can only trust the word of God spoken through Jesus. Accept this good news and You Shall Be Saved!
“Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1).