Someone who makes a thorough study of God's plan of salvation from sin will be convinced that salavtion comes through faith. Paul made this plan by saying, "For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not fo yourselves; it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).
But what is saving faith? Is man passive in regeneration, as some affirm? Does mentally believing in Jesus Christ, and doing nothing else, bring salvation?
Faith Makes Salvation Possible
For an answer to the foregoing vital questions let us read John 1:12: "But as many as received him, to them gave he power [literally, the privilege or right] to become th sons of God, even to them thatbelieve on his name." According to this verse believing on Christ makes it possible for a person to become a son of God. such faith alone does not save him; rather it places salvation within his reach. Clearly, if he does not believe on the name of jesus Christ or in the plan of salvation He has provided, he will not take the steps necessary to be saved.
How Faith Saved Noah
"By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house. . . and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith" (Hebrews 11:7). How did Noah's faith save him from the flood? He believed, first of all, that a destructive flood was coming, though he had never seen such. He further believed that if he would avail himself of God's way of escape, he would be delivered. His faith, then, led him to meet God's conditions, and he was saved.
In like manner, faith saves the sinner. Of course, he must first accept what Christ did for him at Calvary, for upon this expiatory sacrifice the whole plan of salvition is based. But the sinner's faith in what Christ did--his belief in the promise of salvation if and when he meets the terms of the gospel---leads him to obedience, and this obedient faith brings salvation.
How a Jailer Was Saved
Those who afirm that salvation comes through mental faith