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Westminster Confession, week 22

June 3, 2017

Chapter 14: Of Saving Faith

1: The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls,[278] is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts,[279] and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word,[280] by which also, and by the administration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengthened.[281]

2: By this faith, a Christian believes to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God Himself speaking therein;[282] and acts differently upon that which each particular passage thereof contains; yielding obedience to the commands,[283]trembling at the threatenings,[284] and embracing the promises of God for this life, and that which is to come.[285] 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.[286]

3: This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong;[287] may be often and many ways assailed, and weakened, but gets the victory:[288] growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance, through Christ,[289] who is both the author and finisher of our faith.[290]