“Faith, according to St. Paul, is the means by which the whole being of the believer—his intellect, his heart, and his will—enter into possession of the salvation which the incarnation of the Son of God has purchased for him. Jesus Christ is apprehended by faith, and thenceforth becomes every thing for man, and in man. He imparts a divine life to human nature; and man thus renewed, disengaged from the power of selfishness and sin, has new affections, and does new works. Faith (says Theology, in order to express these ideas) is the subjective appropriation of the objective work of Christ. If faith is not an appropriation of salvation, it is nothing; the whole Christian economy is disturbed, the sources of new life are sealed up, and Christianity is overturned at its base.”
D’AUBIGNÉ, J. H. MERLE. HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY (All 20 Volumes In 1 Complete Book) (HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION by J. H. MERLE D’AUBIGNÉ) (Kindle Locations 947-953). http://www.DelmarvaPublications.com. Kindle Edition.
The above quotation was written by a French man in the early 1800’s. Maybe it is just what I have been reading but I have yet to find a modern writer who can sum up the whole doctrine of salvation by faith in such simple and comprehensive terms.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the source of new life. If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. Christ in us is our hope of glory. Apart from Him there is salvation in no one else. God has proven His love for us in that, while we were still sinners, He sent His One and Only Son that He might die for us and give us eternal life. He made Him who knew no sin to become sin for us that we become the righteousness of God in Him.
Hopefully you can see why it is so important to immerse yourself in the Holy Scriptures which are able to make us wise unto salvation.
Have you been transformed by the renewing of your mind? Could you find in your bible all the verses I have quoted off the top of my head above? Does knowing those verses make me any better a Christian than you? No, but it helps my faith to know them. And it is by faith we are saved, through grace. It is a gift of God.
Read your bible. Please.