"We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord . . .” Meeting at 4702 Greenleaf Road, Sellersburg, IN USA 47172

Faith Is Not Our Savior

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  (Ephesians 2:8)

We must not make a Saviour out of faith.  Christ is the Saviour.  Faith is not the Saviour.  Faith didn’t die for us, faith doesn’t intercede for us, faith doesn’t pardon us; we’re saved by the grace of God.

It is because Christ our Lord as our substitute took our sins in His body and died on the cross that we have eternal life.  Peter said that in 1 Peter 1:18; “You know you’re not redeemed with corruptible things such as silver and gold from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers but with the precious blood of Christ.”

Christ is the Saviour.  It is Christ’s work that redeems us, pardons us, and gives us eternal life.  That needs to be clearly understood.  Faith is not the Saviour.  Christ is the Saviour.  And we’re saved by His grace.

But now watch this; faith is the channel; faith is the means through which we receive these spiritual blessings.  If they come from God; He’s the source of grace.  He’s the source of mercy.  He’s the source of forgiveness. 

So, Christ is our peace.  He is our peace but we receive Him by faith.  Christ is our righteousness.  The Bible tells us that.  “He of God is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.”  He is our righteousness but we receive Him by faith.

Christ is our atonement but it’s faith that looks to Him and receives that atonement.  So, this clear note must be emphasized and I believe it’s a missing note today.  I believe it’s a missing note in present day preaching and it must be sounded loud and clear.

-Henry Mahan