FORASMUCH AS MANY HAVE TAKEN IN HAND TO SET FORTH IN ORDER A DECLARATION OF THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE MOST SURELY BELIEVED AMONG US,
Peter exhorts the people of GOD to “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). In order to be able to do that it is necessary for a believer to know why and WHOM he believes. We live in a time when it is quite common to hear professing Christians confuse a belief in GOD with having a hope in CHRIST. No spiritual light at all is necessary for men to believe in GOD. “The devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19) Only a fool will say there is no GOD. (see Ps.14:1; 53:1)
True saving faith in CHRIST is more than a simple agreement to some terms or an acknowledgement of ones sins and adherence to some creed or confession written down by men. It is more than the repetition of some prescribed prayer or formula that well meaning “soul winners” have concocted. It begins with a revelation of light and life in the heart, brought about by the quickening work of the SPIRIT of GOD. The gift of faith is manifested in true believers as they hear the gospel and delight in it. Saving faith is not a momentary work, but the life long vocation of the SPIRIT in the children of GOD; as HE works in them both to will and do of HIS good pleasure. HE writes HIS law upon their heart and leads them into all truth. They are made new creatures without human effort, yet it is this transforming work which evidences itself in them as they are made in the likeness of CHRIST and led to perform works of righteousness.
There is nothing more assuring in an uncertain world than a dose of certainty. Luke speaks about such things as he begins his gospel record. There are definite truths which the people of GOD embrace which set them apart from common men who have no knowledge of CHRIST. Our perfect knowledge of these truths is not yet fully realized but these things are the very foundation upon which our confidence and hope in JESUS CHRIST is built.
“So shall we ever be with the LORD. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
(1 Thess. 4:17-