Chapter XIV. Of Saving Faith
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I. 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].

II. By this faith, a Christian believes to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God Himself speaking therein [e]; and acts differently upon that which each particular passage thereof contains; 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].

III. This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong [k]; may 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].


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