salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.
Is this comfort your comfort? Has true saving faith been graciously planted by God in your heart? Do you know something of saving faith's knowledge, agreement, and trust; of its essence, exercise, and assurance?
If so, continue to seek grace to grow through the use of God's means of grace. If not, ask God to savingly bless the use of His means of grace to your soul.
We either possess or miss the only possible comfort in life and death. We are either included or excluded. To which group do you belong?
Why is "not belonging to myself, but to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ" a rich, and only true, comfort for God's children?
Questions from Rev. A. Hellenbroek's Divine Truths - Chapter XVI
1. How many kinds of faith are there?
Four kinds: historical, temporary, miraculous, and saving faith.
2. What is historical faith?
Believing the truth contained in God's Word.
3. Is historical faith a good faith?
Yes, it is necessary, but it is not sufficient. "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble" (James 2:19).
4. What is temporary faith?
A belief in, agreement with, and profession of the truth for a time, with some external satisfaction. "He heareth the Word, and anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself; but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution arlseth because of the Word, by and by he is offended" (Matt. 13:2()'21).
5. What is miraculous faith?
A strong persuasion that a miracle will be performed either by or on us.
6. When does this faith take place?
Whenever miracles take place.
7. Is miraculous faith saving?
No. "Though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing" (I Cor. 13:2).
8. What are the characteristics of true saving faith?
Three: knowledge, assent, and trust.
9. Is a blind faith, without knowledge, sufficient?
No. "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee" (John 17:3).
10. What, in essence, is the principal and justifying act of faith?
It is the act of the soul whereby the sinner not only wholeheartedly wills and desires that the promises of the gospel might be true in themselves for him, but also is given to freely embrace the Lord Jesus as the only cause of his salvation, thereby denying himself and all other things or persons (cf. John 1:12).
11. What is the fruit of the justifying act of faith?
The special and certain application of the promise of the gospel and the Lord Jesus personally to every believer. This is not always present in all believers because of the temptations of Satan, the accusation of the law, and the allurements of the flesh; but, all who have truly accepted Jesus, should seek the grace of such application of God's promises through faith.
12. Can believers be assured of a saving interest in Christ?
Yes, they can. "For I know whom I have believed" (II Tim. 1:12b).
13. Should believers strive to be assured of the uprightness of their faith?
Yes, they should. "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves" (II Cor. 13:5).
14. Who works this faith in the hearts of believers?
The Holy Ghost. "And that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost" (I Cor. 12:3; cf. Phil. 1:19,29; Gal. 5:22).
15. By what means does the Holy Ghost work this faith?
By the Word of God. "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Rom. 10:17).
16. Can we believe from our own choice or power?
(No. "For by grace ye are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the giftof God" (Eph. 2:8).