Before we begin with Faith, why should you even care…
Introduction to Plan of Salvation
What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
These passages of scripture from the book of Romans, clearly state the universal need of salvation. God has a plan covering seven distinct parts in a complete plan of salvation. The second step is faith.
We must Believe: Saved by Faith
Regardless of what some may think, there is more to salvation than just believing in God and accepting Him as our personal Lord and Savior.
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
It is important to understand the intended audience for the letter of James. James address to Jewish believers with a radical monotheistic view point. According to this scripture in James, even the demons believe in God. Their belief alone does not save them. Belief by itself has no power. I believe it may rain tomorrow but my belief has no effect on whether it actually rains or not. I believe gas prices are going to come down but my belief has no effect on the Marathon service station.
Faith has two components, a belief that God ‘is’, and that He rewards those that seek him. Believing “God is”, includes a belief that God died for your sins and salvation is made available to everyone.
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
We must have this foundational faith in God before we come to Him.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Belief points to an inward conformity to God’s Word. Confessing ‘Jesus is Lord’ is an outward conformity to God’s Word.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
We must declare that we believe in Jesus Christ, both truthfully and sincerely. For Jesus to be truly Lord of our lives we must submit to Him as our master and obey His Word.
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Activation of our faith, mixed with God’s grace, grants full access to God’s complete plan of salvation.