Vol. 3, No. 10
Several related responses to the Gospel work together to save a soul. For example, when an honest person hears the Word of God, he believes it, repents of sins, confesses that Jesus is the Son of God and is baptized. These responses in this order are God's plan for saving a soul and are recorded in the New Testament. Though one cannot do enough to earn salvation, our loving God has promised to save a soul from his past sins when he sincerely makes these responses.
However, sometimes a person chooses one of these responses and ignores the rest. Often belief (faith) is the single response chosen. God, though, has not promised to forgive the sins of a person who only believes or has faith only. No single response alone will result in salvation. God clearly stated in the Book of James that a person is saved "not by faith only" (James 2:24). Part of Jesus Christ's charge to take the Gospel to the world plainly shows that several responses, in this case belief (faith) and baptism, work together and result in salvation.
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:15-16).
If you are an honest person and desire forgiveness of sins, when you understand the Gospel, you will believe it, repent of sins, confess Jesus and be baptized. An honest person who understands the Gospel responses that God expects of him or her will not expect faith only to save. Dear reader, are you truly saved?
LITTLE FAITH: "Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?" (Matthew 6:30). (See also Matthew 8:26; 14:31; 16:8.)
GREAT FAITH: "When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel" (Matthew 8:10). (See also Matthew 15:28.)
NO FAITH: "And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?" (Mark 4:40). (See also Mark 6:6.)
TAUNTING FAITH: "He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him" (Matthew 27:42).
SAVING FAITH: "And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee" (Luke 5:20). "And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace" (Luke 7:50).
STOLEN FAITH: "Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved" (Luke 8:12).
LOST FAITH: "And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him" (Luke 8:25).
HEALING FAITH: "And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace" (Luke 8:48). (See also Acts 14:9.)
PRECIOUS FAITH: "Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:1).
INCREASING FAITH: "And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith" (Luke 17:5). (See also 2 Corinthians 10:15.)
FAILING FAITH: "But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren" (Luke 22:32).
HINDERED FAITH: "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them" (2 Corinthians 4:4). (See also John 5:44; Acts 13:8.)
USELESS FAITH: "Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue" (John 12:42).
FAITH FILLED: "And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people" (Acts 6:8). (See also Acts 6:5; 11:24.)
THE FAITH: "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong" (1 Corinthians 16:13). (See also 2 Corinthians 13:5; 1 Timothy 4:1; Jude 3.)
OPEN-DOOR FAITH: "And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles" (Acts 14:27).
ERRING FAITH: "Which some professing have erred concerning the faith . . ." (1 Timothy 6:21).
STEPPING FAITH: "And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised" (Romans 4:12).
WALKING FAITH: "For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7).
LIVING FAITH: "Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him" (Hebrews 10:38).
WORD OF FAITH: "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach" (Romans 10:8). (See also 1 Timothy 4:6.)
WEAK FAITH: "Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations" (Romans 14:1).
VAIN FAITH: "And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins" (1 Corinthians 15:17). (See also 1 Corinthians 15:2, 17.)
HOUSEHOLD FAITH: "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith" (Galatians 6:10).
JOYOUS FAITH: "And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith" (Philippians 1:25).
GROUNDED FAITH: "If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister" (Colossians 1:23).
STEDFAST FAITH: "For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ" (Colossians 2:5). (See also 1 Peter 5:9.)
ROOTED FAITH: "Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving" (Colossians 2:7).
WORKING FAITH: "Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father" (1 Thessalonians 1:3).
PATIENT FAITH: "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience" (James 1:3).
SPREADING FAITH: "For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing" (1 Thessalonians 1:8).
COMFORTING FAITH: "Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith" (1 Thessalonians 3:7).
LACKING FAITH: "Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith" (1 Thessalonians 3:10).
GROWING FAITH: "We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth" (2 Thessalonians 1:3).
UNFEIGNED FAITH: "When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also" (2 Timothy 1:5). (See also 1 Timothy 1:5.)
HOLDING FAITH: "Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck" (1 Timothy 1:19).
FIRST FAITH: "Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith" (1 Timothy 5:12).
FIGHTING FAITH: "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses" (1 Timothy 6:12).
OVERTHROWN FAITH: "Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some" (2 Timothy 2:18).
KEPT FAITH: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7).
COMMON FAITH: "To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour" (Titus 1:4).
SOUND FAITH: "This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith" (Titus 1:13). (See also Titus 2:2.)
COMMUNICATING FAITH: "That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus" (Philemon 6).
EFFECTIVE FAITH: "That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus" (Philemon 6).
ASSURING FAITH: "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water" (Hebrews 10:22).
PROFESSED FAITH: "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised)" (Hebrews 10:23).
UNWAVERING FAITH: "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed" (James 1:6).
UNDERSTANDING FAITH: "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear" (Hebrews 11:3).
ACTIVE FAITH: Hebrews 11:4-40.
FOLLOWING FAITH: "Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation" (Hebrews 13:7).
DEAD FAITH: James 2:14-26.
NOT FAITH ONLY: "Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only" (James 2:24).
PRAYING FAITH: "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him" (James 5:15).
TRIED FAITH: "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:7).
EXAMINING FAITH: "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1).
VICTORIOUS FAITH: "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith" (1 John 5:4).
OVERCOMING FAITH: "Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" (1 John 5:5).
LYING FAITH: "He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son" (1 John 5:10).
TREMBLING FAITH: "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble" (James 2:19).
HOLY FAITH: "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost" (Jude 20).