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    Ben was critically ill, lying upon a hospital bed. He needed life-providing blood transfusions or he would die. The life-providing blood he needed was stored in pint (half-litre) containers in the hospital.



    To personally benefit him, however, more than a knowledge of this rich blood supply was necessary. Ben had to be personally connected to the supply by an intravenous tube. The rich life-providing blood could then flow through this tube into his body and be of personal benefit to him.


    When speaking of Ben's physical health, one could say that he was saved because of the blood he received (under God's blessing hand). The blood was the life-providing source. He was saved by means of the intravenous tube through which the blood flowed. But to state that Ben was saved because of the tube would be wrong; the tube was not life-providing. If it were not connected to the blood supply, it would have provided no benefit to him at all.


    Spiritually, faith is the connecting tube through which the rich life-providing blood of the crucified Savior flows, causing it to be of personal saving benefit to the sinner. Why is it proper to say that sinners are saved by or through faith, but not because of their faith?

 

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

- Romans 5:1

And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.

- Philippians 3:9

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.

- Matthew 1:21

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

- I Timothy 1:15

 

  • Intravenous - Within a vein; place into a vein

  • How does the following sketch help to clarify the truth of a person's being saved by, but not because of, faith?



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