Fruit of the Spirit (Faith)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law – Galatians 5:22-23
Natural faith and spiritual faith is different. Everyone has faith to a certain degree in themselves and others, but spiritual faith is our dependability on God and not ourselves or others. This faith reaches the heart and hand of God into our circumstances for without faith in Him, we can’t please God.
Salvation is a gift from God to all men, He’s the Creator of all, and in order for any to receive salvation they must believe that God is God, and Jesus is the Son of God (That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved – Romans 10:9). One is not saved by his mouth’s confession, but rather the mouth testifies readily of the grace of God in Christ which has been received by faith. Faith isn’t something that you can see, but you can feel it in your heart.
Salvation is the deliverance from the wrath of God and the power of sin. There first must be faith in the heart before there can be an acceptable confession with the mouth. When faith is in the heart it implies more than an assent of the understanding, and it takes the consent of the will. This is why many Christians don’t go any further in spiritual growth other than receiving salvation because our will have to be given to God in order for Him to make His will our will. This is when it becomes righteousness, there is a righteousness of justification and the righteousness of sanctification, faith is to both.
Justification by faith lays the foundation of our title to salvation; but confession we build upon that foundation. Salvation is that we must give up to God, our souls, and our bodies. Our souls in believing with the heart, and our bodies in confessing with the mouth. Salvation comes by faith in our heart that Jesus is the Son of God, He was risen from the dead and because of His death, and resurrection and our accepting the gift of Jesus as our Savior brings about salvation without a feeling. Some people think they must have a feeling or some type of physical experience when receiving salvation.
Anything we receive, we’re doing it by faith. When we work, we have faith we will be paid. When we get in our car and turn the key, we believe it will start. When we go to sleep, we have faith we will wake up. Spiritual faith is just as simple, believe in the heart, there is no other way we can receive salvation, but through Jesus (Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved – Acts 4:12). There’s one Lord (One Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all – Ephesians 4:5). Faith is believing the unseen and receiving the Supernatural!