(See also: Conversion; Faith-Definition; Regeneration; Repentance)

Saving faith is grasping God with the heart.


Saving faith is repentant faith.


Repentance and faith are twins.

John Blanchard

Saving faith is not consent to a proposition, but commitment to a person.

John Blanchard

The evidence of saving faith is not how much you believe but how well you behave.

John Blanchard

Upon a life I did not live, Upon a death I did not die; Another's life, another's death, I stake my whole eternity.

Horatius Bonar

Faith is nothing else but the soul's venture. It ventures to Christ, in opposition to all legal terrors. It ventures upon Christ, in opposition to our guiltiness. It ventures for Christ, in opposition to all difficulties and discouragements.

W. Bridge

Faith wraps itself in the righteousness of Christ.

Thomas Brooks

Faith is not a distant view, but a warm embrace of Christ.

John Calvin

Faith is the evidence of divine adoption.

John Calvin

The gospel can be understood by faith alone-not by reason, nor by the perspicacity of the human understanding.

John Calvin

The seat of faith is not in the brain but in the heart.

John Calvin

Repentance and faith are Siamese twins.

Walter J. Chantry

Saving faith is not offered to man by God: it is conferred upon him.

Arthur C. Custance

Saving faith is not the human contribution of a sinner seeking salvation, but the divine contribution of the gracious God seeking a sinner.

Arthur C. Custance

Faith and repentance must be seen as marriage partners and never separated.

Sinclair Ferguson

The faith with which we believe and trust is only ours because God has created it within our hearts.

Sinclair Ferguson

Saving faith is confidence in Jesus; a direct confidential transaction with him.

Richard Fuller

I am not skilled to understand What God hath willed, what God hath planned; I only know at his right hand Stands one who is my Saviour.

Dorothy Greenwell

Faith hath two hands; with one it pulls off its own righteousness and throws it away... with the other it puts on Christ's.

William Gurnall

Without faith we are not fit to desire mercy.

William Gurnall

Faith is not a work which Christ condescends in the gospel to accept instead of perfect obedience as the ground of salvation-it is only the hand whereby we clasp the person and work of our Redeemer, which is the true ground of salvation.

A. A. Hodge

The very act of faith by which we receive Christ is an act of utter renunciation of self and all its works, as a ground of salvation.

Mark Hopkins

Saving faith is not creative, but receptive. It does not make our salvation, it takes it gratefully.

Robert M. Horn

That faith can save a man, and that nothing else can, is written throughout the Scriptures as with a pencil of light.

Robert Johnstone

Before faith and obedience become acts of man they are gifts of God.

R. B. Kuiper

Conviction of sin is an indispensable prerequisite of faith in Christ.

R. B. Kuiper

Faith as the fruit of election is also the proof of election.

R. B. Kuiper

Nowhere does the Bible tell us that salvation is by a faith that does not work.

R. B. Kuiper

Salvation is only by a working faith. In short, good works are the fruit of saving faith. They are also the proof of saving faith.

R. B. Kuiper

Saving faith is a gift of the electing God to his elect by which their election is realized. Instead of being the ground of election, it is one of its consequences.

R. B. Kuiper

True faith is never found alone; it is accompanied by expectation.

C. S. Lewis

We cannot force ourselves to have faith. We are as much in need of this as everything. Faith can only originate in the soul of man by the gift of God.

Marcus Loane

Faith lays hold of Christ and grasps him as a present possession, just as the ring holds the jewel.

Martin Luther

Let us conclude that faith alone justifies and that faith alone fulfils the law.

Martin Luther

The only saving faith is that which casts itself on God for life or death.

Martin Luther

Be as holy as you can, as if there were no gospel to save you. Yet... believe in Christ as if there were no law at all to condemn you.

Thomas Lye

Men who are dead in trespasses and sins are utterly unable to have saving faith, just as completely unable as a dead man lying in the tomb is unable to contribute the slightest bit to his resurrection.

J. Gresham Machen

True saving faith clings to Christ and his Word, regardless of the consequences caused by that faith.

Henry T. Mahan

Faith settles the soul.

Thomas Manton

We must not close with Christ because we feel him, but because God has said it, and we must take God's word even in the dark.

Robert Murray M'Cheyne

It is impossible to disentangle faith and repentance. Saving faith is permeated with repentance and repentance is permeated with faith.

John Murray

Regeneration is inseparable from its effects and one of its effects is faith.

John Murray

The embrace of Christ in faith is the first evidence of regeneration and only thus may we know that we have been regenerated.

John Murray

The faith that is unto salvation is a penitent faith and the repentance that is unto life is a believing repentance.

John Murray

Faith is not of some good work which God must reward with salvation. Faith is not the cause of salvation, but the means through which we receive it.

Philip Nunn

In the Bible, faith... involves both credence and commitment.

J. I. Packer

Coming to Christ not only involves the abandoning of every false object of confidence, it also includes and entails the forsaking of all other competitors for my heart.

A. W. Pink

Saving faith is not only the heart being weaned from every other object of confidence as the ground of my acceptance before God, but it is also the heart being weaned from every other object that competes with him for my affections.

A. W. Pink

Saving faith not only historically credits the truths of God, but with the heart believes them.

William S. Plumer

It is not the strength of our faith that saves but the truth of our faith.

John Rogers

If we would know whether our faith is genuine, we do well to ask ourselves how we are living.

J. C. Ryle

Saving faith is the hand of the soul... the eye of the soul... the mouth of the soul... the foot of the soul.

J. C. Ryle

Most people are brought to faith in Christ, not by argument for it, but by exposure to it.

Samuel Shoemaker

It requires not only a power, but an almighty power, to raise the heart of man to believe.

Richard Sibbes

It is not a brave thing to trust God: for true believers it is a simple matter of sweet necessity.

C. H. Spurgeon

It will not save me to know that Christ is a Saviour; but it will save me to trust him to be my Saviour.

C. H. Spurgeon

Little faith will bring your soul to heaven; great faith will bring heaven to your soul.

C. H. Spurgeon

Never make a Christ out of your faith, nor think of it as if it were the independent source of your salvation.

C. H. Spurgeon

There is no sin that shall damn the man who believes, and nothing shall save the man who will not believe.

C. H. Spurgeon

Saving faith is resting faith, the trust which relies entirely on the Saviour.

John R. W. Stott

What saves us is faith in Christ, not faith in our faith, or faith in the faith.

Augustus H. Strong

Spurious faith has no saving power.

R. V. G. Tasker

We are not saved for believing but by believing.

Thomas Taylor

Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to thy cross I cling; Naked, come to thee for dress; Helpless, look to thee for grace; Foul, I to the fountain fly; Wash me, Saviour, or I die.

Augustus M. Toplady

Faith is not a once-done act, but a continuous gaze of the heart at the triune God.

A. W. Tozer

God is never never found accidentally.

A. W. Tozer

True faith commits us to obedience.

A. W. Tozer

Faith in Jesus Christ... in the office of justification, is neither condition nor qualification,... but in its very act a renouncing of all such pretences.

Robert Traill

Right faith is a thing wrought in us by the Holy Ghost, which changes us, turns us into a new nature, and begets us anew in God, and makes us sons of God... and makes us altogether new in the heart, mind, will, desire, and in all the other affections and powers of the soul-the Holy Ghost ever accompanying it and ruling the heart.

William Tyndale

No man's salvation depends on his believing that he believes; but it does depend on his seeing and receiving Jesus Christ as his Saviour.

M. R. Vincent

A weak faith may receive a strong Christ.

Thomas Watson

Simple faith honours God and God honours simple faith.

Mary Winslow