Okay guys, I know that this is long,but i am doing a study on 1 Peter 1, while i try to memorize it. Yes. The whole chapter. By telling you i am automatically accountable. So ask me how i'm doing every once in a while.. I wanted to share what i read this morning by W A Criswell: [click here to read the entire sermon]
"The faith is outside of us. It is objective. It is not in us. It is something we procure. It is something we secure. It is something we receive. It is something on the outside of us: This faith upon which we build our hope and our worship, our life in God.
Is that true? Is that in keeping with the revelation of the Lord in the Holy Scriptures: That the faith that saves us, is something from the outside--it is something we receive--it is something God must do for us?
Is that true? Am I born with that faith? By nature, am I given to it? Do I just slide into holiness? Do I just drift in the godliness? Am I somehow saved already, and all I need is just for the inward salvation that I am born with by nature to be cultivated? Is that true?
The Apostle writes here that the faith of Jesus Christ that saves us is not in us. It is something outside of us. We're not born with it. It's something we get, we secure. We obtain it, and that is the universal presentation and revelation of the Word of God.
Paul wrote it like this in Ephesians 2: 8, and 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourself." It's not in you: “… And that not of yourselves.” It comes from God. It comes from outside of us. It is something we obtain, we secure, not of work, not of my cultivation, lest I should boast that I did it.
Or, take, again, in Titus 3:5:
For not by works of righteousness which we have done, but by His grace and His mercy are we saved by the labor--the washing--of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit.
My salvation is something God gives me. And, my disposition to holiness and godliness is something that God does for me because, by nature, I am not that way. "