Of Saving Faith.

  1. THE grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls; [1] is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, [2] and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the word; [3] by which also, and by the administration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengthened. [4].

  2. By this faith, a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever is revealed in the word, for the authority of God himself speaking therein; [5] and acteth differently upon that which each particular passage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands, [6] trembling at the threatenings, [7] and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come. [8] But the principal acts of saving faith are, accepting, receiving and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace.[9].

  3. This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong; [10] may be often and many ways assailed and weakened, but get the victory; [11] growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance through Christ, [12] who is both the author and finisher of our faith. [13].