The Beginnings of Faith and Salvation

by Ruth Greene

Faith has many dimensions. It means loyalty. (Matthew 24:45) It means trust as shown by some of the people who came to Yahshua [Jesus] in His ministry for healing. (Luke 7:2-10) It means confidence. (Hebrews 11:1) However, personal faith is more than a belief that fails to bear spiritual fruit (think of ‘good deeds,’ as the least of an example). (James 2:24)

What does the Apostle Paul tell us when he talks about saving faith in Romans? Christians must be very careful to understand faith as Paul uses the word. Paul ties faith directly to salvation. We don’t have a system of works that is required to earn salvation. If that were true, then faith would simply be one more deed. Paul clearly states that human deeds alone can never save. (Galatians 2:16; “Foundation of Salvation“; “Roots of Salvation“)

salvation from the stormInstead, faith is a gift from Elohim [‘God’, YHWH] that is deposited in us. This gift allows YHWH to save instead of simply destroying. (Ephesians 2:8) Saving you is exactly what He wants to do. His mercy and love through Yahshua [Jesus] Messiah provides the basis for salvation. Your act of faith (trust) expresses His love in return. When YHWH saves you, that salvation descends from a kernel of faith that He placed in you. He gave you the kernel of faith to begin with as part of His loving-kindness. (“Redeemed Through Obedience & Trust“; “YHWH’s Faithful: Victory in Spiritual Battle“)

He gives each disciple relationship with his Son that helps each disciple to become like Him and bear fruit just like His Son did in his earthly ministry so long ago. Through the faith that Elohim planted in each disciple, He carries each one of us from death to life. (John 5:24) Even so, faith is not assumptive. Faith is real trust bears fruit that is clearly visible. (Disciple of Messiah: Are You Bearing Fruit?“; “Spiritual Fruit & Renewing Your Mind“)

victory-over-deathWhen Yahshua [Jesus] triumphed over death, He canceled the charges against mankind and opened the way to the Father. (Colossians 2:12-15) Because YHWH is merciful He gives us the ability to believe. How tragic if you turn faith into a mere deed and try to develop that faith by yourself by some effort on your own. On the other hand, faith is not permission to do nothing. (“Facing Adversity in Faith“; “Origins of Faith & Global Culture“)

You can never come to your Heavenly Father through your own faith alone, any more than His people in old Israel could be completed by Him through their sacrifices. Instead, you must accept His gracious offer with thanksgiving and allow Him to grow the seed kernel of faith that He has planted within you. (“The Grace of YHWH’s Vineyard“; “Cultivating YHWH’s Grace as You Seek Truth“)

“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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