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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 8022 faith, as basis of salvation
8022 faith, as basis of salvation

8022 faith, as basis of salvation

Both in the OT and in the NT faith is the only basis of salvation. Faith is the means by which God’s grace in Christ, and with him the blessings of salvation, is received. Paul’s doctrine of justification by faith emphasises the centrality of faith in the Christian life.

Salvation by faith in the OT

Hab 2:4

The faith of Abraham and other individuals Ge 15:6 See also Ro 4:9-16 Abraham, the father of those righteous by faith; Heb 11:4 Abel; Heb 11:5 Enoch; Heb 11:7 Noah

Salvation by faith in the NT

Ro 1:16-17 See also 1Co 1:21; Php 3:8-9

Salvation through faith alone Eph 2:8-9 See also Ro 3:27-28; Ro 4:1-8; Ps 32:1-2; Ro 9:30-32; Gal 3:10-14; Dt 27:26

Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ Jn 3:14-16 Being “lifted up” is a reference to Jesus Christ’s death on the cross; Ro 10:9-10 The necessity of outward confession, as evidence of personal faith in Jesus Christ. See also Jn 8:24; Ac 8:37 fn; Ac 13:38-39; Ro 3:21-26; Ro 4:24; 2Co 4:13-14; Gal 3:22

Salvation is for all who believe Ro 10:4 Jesus Christ is the “end of the law”, in the sense that he brings it to its goal and fulfilment, and accomplishes its intentions. See also Ac 15:7-9; Ro 3:29-30

Salvation is for those who persevere in their faith Col 1:21-23 See also Heb 3:14; Heb 6:11-12

Saving faith shows itself in action Jas 2:14

Blessings of salvation received through faith

Justification and peace with God See also Ro 5:1-2; Gal 2:15-16; Gal 5:5

Forgiveness Lk 7:48-50; Ac 10:43

Adoption into God’s family Jn 1:12; Gal 3:26

The gift of the Holy Spirit Jn 7:38-39; Gal 3:2; Eph 1:13

Jesus Christ in the heart Eph 3:17

Protection through God’s power 1Pe 1:5

Access to God Eph 3:12; Heb 10:22

Sanctification Ac 26:17-18

New life Gal 2:20

Eternal life Jn 3:16,36; Jn 5:24; Jn 6:40,47

Victory over death Jn 11:25-27

See also

2530Christ, death of
3257Holy Spirit, gift of
6644eternal life