Faith by Him

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It is not even our own faith but a faith given to us from the Father, channeled through the Son, and made effective through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is “by Him” (Jesus Christ) that we believe in God (I Peter 1:21), a truth perceived by Peter from the very beginning of his ministry: “The faith which is by Him” (Acts 3:16). …

Saving faith is not the human contribution of a sinner seeking salvation, but the divine contribution of the gracious God seeking a sinner (Acts 18:27). We are saved “by grace … through faith; and that not of ourselves” (Ephesians 2:8). It is through faith as a channel that we are saved and not because of a faith of our own which is taken as a kind of guarantee of our earnestness. So also in I Corinthians 3:5, where Paul speaks of himself and Apollos as those by whom the Corinthians had believed. He does not speak of either of them as the originators of their faith but as the channels of it. … As Paul said to the Philippians (1:29), it had been given them to exercise saving faith. It was a gift. …

The Lord Jesus Christ is truly the “author of faith” … Thus it is really His salvation (Psalm 8:9; Luke 2:30; 3:6); it becomes our own only after we have received it as a gift (Philippians 2:12).

custance1Arthur C. Custance (1910-1985)
The Sovereignty of Grace, chapter 6
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