Genuine Faith Is Life

A nominal faith in Christ, which accepts Him merely as the Saviour of the world can never bring healing to the soul.  The faith that is unto salvation is not a mere intellectual assent to the truth.  He who waits for entire knowledge before he will exercise faith, cannot receive blessing from God.  It is not enough to believe about Christ; we must believe in Him.  The only faith that will benefit us is that which embraces Him as a personal Saviour; which appropriates His merits to ourselves.  Many hold faith as an opinion.  Saving faith is a transaction by which those who receive Christ join themselves in covenant relation with God.  Genuine faith is life.  A living faith means an increase of vigor, a confiding trust, by which the soul becomes a conquering power.

E. G. White, The Desire Of Ages, p. 347

Supreme love for God and unselfish love for one another–this is the best gift that our heavenly Father can bestow.  This love is not an impulse, but a divine principle, a permanent power.  The unconsecrated heart cannot originate or produce it.  Only in the heart where Jesus reigns is it found.  “We love Him, because He first loved us.”  In the heart renewed by divine grace, love is the ruling principle of action.  It modifies the character, governs the impulses, controls the passions, and ennobles the affections.  This love, cherished in the soul, sweetens the life and sheds a refining influence on all around.

(The apostle) John strove to lead the believers to understand the exalted privileges that would come to them through the exercise of the spirit of love.  This redeeming power, filling the heart, would control every other motive and raise its possessors above the corrupting influences of the world.  And as this love was allowed full sway and became the motive power in the life, their trust and confidence in God and His dealing with them would be complete.  They could then come to Him in full confidence of faith, knowing that they would receive from Him everything needful for their present and eternal good.

E. G. White, The Acts Of The Apostles, p. 551

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