Biblical faith, as used in Romans 10:9-10 not only involves the whole man, it also must have Jesus Christ as its object. Christ, the object of faith considered under five heads:
1. His incarnation 2. His life 3. His death 4. His resurrection 5. His ascension
Faith does not build upon itself; it rests on no graces, raptures, meltings, communing, fightings, or praying and groaning. It builds upon Christ alone.
Secondly, it is the nature of Gospel faith to trust the righteousness and death of another (spec. Jesus Christ). Effectual calling, then, must include enlightening the mind spiritually and savingly to understand the gospel. Faith is the grace that comes from God and enables us to believe.
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Dr. Richard Bacon was born in 1946 and has been married to wife Debby since 1971. He received his education at Memphis State University (BA), now University of Memphis, Whitefield Seminary (M.A.R.; M.Div.; and Ph.D.), and Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Th.M;...