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Faith - by Oswald J. Smith

Faith - what does it mean? God's Word says, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." (Acts 16:31). But what does it mean to believe? How does faith save?

1. Faith means ACCEPTING Christ as a Gift.

No one would ever dream of paying for a Christmas gift, for the moment payment is made it ceases to be a gift. All you can do is to take it and say "Thank you". You do not work for it. You cannot earn it.

So it is with Christ. He must be accepted in the same way. For just as you believe in the sincerity of the one who sends you a gift at Christmas, so too, you must believe in the genuiness of God's offer and accept His gift, Christ. Faith reaches out a hand and takes. Thus the Lord Jesus Christ becomes your Saviour.

2. Faith means RECEIVING Christ as a Guest.

"Behold," He says, "I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in." (Revelation 3:20). In other words He waits outside your heart's closed door. But He will never force His way in. You must open the door. You must invite Him in. The moment you open the door He enters. Thus you can honestly say, "Jesus is in my heart."

Oh, my friend, let Him in. Be courteous. You would not dream of keeping a guest standing on the threshold, would you? Well, then, why keep Christ outside? Why not be courteous and invite Him in? Thus you may receive Him, and receive Him now.

3. Faith means COMING to Christ as a pauper.

That, you remember, was the way the prodigal son came to his father. He had nothing. His money was gone. He came in rags. He knew he was unworthy, and so he simply cast himself on his father's mercy. He came just as he was, and so must you. Do not wait to reform. Do not endeavour to better yourself. Come as you are, for after all you are nothing but a sinner.

4. Faith means TRUSTING Christ as a Saviour.

You are drowning. Someone throws you a life belt. Do you ignore it? Do you cast it from you? Certainly not. You grasp it. You rest your weight on it. You trust it. That is faith. You must rely on another. Have you done it?

Oh, how simple! Why not trust Him now? Intellectual faith will not do. "The devils believe and tremble." To believe about Christ will never save you. You must trust Him. Do not look within. You are not to examine your feelings. Cast the anchor outside. Lay hold of Christ. Trust Him, and trust Him now.

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