The Real Faith of God's Elect
By Thomas Ray Floyd
"Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus
Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the
truth which is after godliness;" (Titus 1:1).
There is a faith which is peculiar to the elect of God. The
devils have a sort of faith (James 2:19), but they are not saved, nor can they
ever be saved. There are temporary believers who have a sort of faith (Luke 8:13),
but they are not saved. There are many who have a natural or historical faith
but neither are they saved. We read of such an one as Simon Magus in Acts 8:13
who "believed," but was not saved. Dear reader, please understand
that having a natural faith will not save you. Just saying that you believe in
God, or even to say that you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ is not necessarily
First of all, the faith of God's elect is a gift of God
(Ephesians 2:8). God has chosen whom He will save from all eternity and He
sovereignly and graciously bestows the gift of faith upon all those that He
chose for salvation before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). No one
has saving faith by nature, and no man may just decide by his "free"
will that he will exercise saving faith. A sinner must be given the gift of
faith by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. Thus the Scriptures speak of
the faith of God's elect as being the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). So
Ephesians 1:19 tells us that elect sinners believe to the saving of their souls
by the working of God's mighty power in them.
Secondly, the faith of God's elect is in the saving work of
Christ, and in His glorious Person. True saving faith renounces all human merit
and trusts in Christ Alone for righteousness. The believer who is saved by
grace alone has seen his lost and ruined state and flees to Christ for his
whole and sole righteousness. Faith boasts not of itself, but boasts only in
the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ who worked out a perfect
righteousness for His people by His life and by His death and resurrection.
Note well, true saving faith, that is the faith of God's elect, is not a
sinner's contribution to his salvation. Here is where so many miss salvation.
They have been told that Christ has done His part, and now they must do their
part by believing in Christ.
Poor sinner, you have no part as far as having a
righteous standing before God. Your best righteousness is only filthy rags
before a Thrice Holy God. I tell you, you must renounce not only your sins, but
also your pretended self righteousness if you will ever be saved. I beseech you
neighbors, do not trust in anything in yourself for salvation. Don't even
trust in your faith. Trust in Christ Alone.
The third thing I will notice about the faith of God's elect
(which is the only faith that will connect you with Christ) is that it is always
accompanied by all other spiritual graces. Thus James warns us that faith alone
is dead (James 2:17). God's elect are justified by faith alone, but saving
faith is never alone. Saving faith is always accompanied by repentance,
humility, a broken and contrite spirit, hungering and thirsting after
righteousness, mourning for sin, and all other graces.
My dear readers, I urge you to examine yourselves if you
have the faith of God's elect, and if you are believing to the saving of your
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