To Ponder:

“Let us look at the biblical understanding of faith as consisting of three aspects. Faith, the faith that saves, consists of three essential components which are related to one another like the three stories of a building, with the third story resting on the second, and the second resting on the first. The first floor is known in Latin as “notitia.” It is the knowledge of the facts, the data, if you will, of the faith. You can’t have faith in something when you have no knowledge of it, but correct awareness of true facts is not saving faith. The second floor  in our faith building is “assensus,” or “assent” to the truth. We hear something from someone whose authority we accept and we believe it is true and may even be quite affected by it. Many people will argue that this is all that tis necessary for saving faith, but we are convinced by the apostle James that even the devils have that kind of belief, it even makes them tremble in fear, yet they are not saved. No, from the clear evidence of scripture, “faith” which goes only so far comes short of the faith that saves. A third floor of faith, arising out of the second is “fiducia,” or “trusting.”  “ By this faith,” our Confession rightly says, “a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God Himself speaking therein; (John 4:42, 1 Thess. 2:13, 1 John 5:10, Acts 24:14) and acteth differently upon that which each particular passage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands, (Rom. 16:26) trembling at the threatenings, (Isa. 66:2) and embracing the promises of God for this life, and that which is to come. (Heb. 11:13, 1 Tim. 4:8).  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. (John 1:12, Acts 16:31, Gal. 2:20, Acts 15:11)”  Let us prayerfully commit ourselves to learning more about Jesus, believing His word, embracing His promises, and trusting our all to Him, because He is worthy.” Pastor Rick Daniels

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