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Confession 14.1. The grace of faith, whereby the elect
are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls,(a) is the work of the
Spirit of Christ in their hearts;(b) and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry
of the Word:(c) by which also, and by the administration of the sacraments,
and prayer, it is increased and strengthened.(d)
(a) Heb. 10:39.
(b) II Cor. 4:13; Eph. 1:17, 18, 19; Eph. 2:8.
(c) Rom. 10:14, 17.
(d) I Pet. 2:2; Acts 20:32; Rom. 4:11; Luke 17:5; Rom. 1:16, 17.
Confession 14.2. By this faith, a Christian believeth to
be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God Himself
speaking therein;(e) and acteth differently upon that which each particular
passage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands,(f) trembling
at the threatenings,(g) and embracing the promises of God for this life, and
that which is to come.(h) But the principal acts of saving faith are
accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification,
sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace.(i)
(e) John 4:42; I Thess. 2:13; I John 5:10; Acts 24:14.
(f) Rom. 16:26.
(g) Isa. 66:2.
(h) Heb. 11:13; I Tim. 4:8.
(i) John 1:12; Acts 16:31; Gal. 2:20; Acts 15:11.
Confession 14.3. This faith is different in degrees,
weak or strong;(k) may be often and many ways assailed, and weakened, but gets
the victory;(l) growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance
through Christ,(m) who is both the author and finisher of our faith.(n)
(k) Heb. 5:13, 14; Rom. 4:19, 20; Matt. 6:30; Matt. 8:10.
(l) Luke 22:31, 32; Eph. 6:16; I John 5:4, 5.
(m) Heb. 6:11, 12; Heb. 10:22; Col. 2:2.
(n) Heb. 12:2.