Friday, April 27, 2018

The Very Moment of Saving Faith

True belief in Christ is the unreserved trust of a heart convinced of sin, in Christ, as an all-sufficient Savior. It is the combined act of the whole person’s head, conscience, heart and will. It is often so weak and feeble at first, that they who have it cannot be persuaded that they have it.
And yet, like life in the new-born infant, their belief may be real, genuine, saving, and true. The moment that the conscience is convinced of sin, and the head sees Christ to be the only One who can save, and the heart and will lay hold on the hand that Christ holds out—that moment there is saving faith. In that moment a person believes.
~ J.C. Ryle
Old Paths, “Faith”, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1999], 389.

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