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Saving Faith

William GuthrieThe grace of faith in God is firm and steadfast. It is like a growing tree that cannot be shaken or removed. This grace of faith is supernatural. It is wholly of God and has none of our own power in it. It is the gift of God. William Guthrie writes:

Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24 ESV)

Saving faith is one of the main, choice and principal graces peculiar to the elect, and is the very root of all other graces. It in a manner, the kernel and life of all the rest, it being the only grace that closes with Christ. “Add to your faith virtue; and to your virtue, knowledge.” It is the first ground stone, and then add to it all the rest. All that folk go about, all the moral duties that some professed Christians perform, are but mere shadows for want of this.

This grace is one in all the elect, but not in a like measure in all. … it is not one in the elect as to the measure of it; for some may have a less, and some a greater degree of faith. But in this respect, it is one as to its closing with Christ, and embracing of Him as offered unto them in the gospel. It is the very self-same faith in all the elect. It was the self-same faith that was in Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that is in all the believers after them. . . .

This grace of faith … ought to increase in the saints of God. … It is a sin and a shame for Christians to be and continue at the same degree that [they were at first]. Where it is sound and real, it grows. And oh, but the Lord’ s people should endeavor much for the increase of faith, that they be not as children, ever doubting and staggering, so that they cannot live without sensible manifestations of God’s favorable presence unto them.

Ye should know that, as it ought to grow, so sometimes it may come under decay … though there cannot be a decay of it as to its foundation. . . .

The grace of faith is that which renders all that ye do acceptable unto God, “For without faith it is impossible to please God.” This grace of faith hath always with it obedience, and the bringing forth of good fruit to the glory of God and the edification of others, which fruit is called “the obedience of faith.” Wherever it is, it leads still to sincere endeavors to keep up all the commandments of God. By this, folk may know whether they have this grace or not.

2 Responses

  1. without faith, it is impossible to please God! Yep!


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