The Faith Of God’s Elect

The Faith Of God’s Elect
Peter L. Meney
Faith is precious. The Bible tells us so. Yet, not the bare existence of 
faith. In that sense, faith, in and of itself, is meaningless. I doubt 
there is a person on the face of this earth who does not claim to have 
faith in something or other, even if it is simply their own opinion.
Similarly, the term ‘people of faith’ has become an all-purpose 
description to gather together every flavour of religion and all manner 
of weird and wonderful notions. Christians, Jews, Muslims and 
flat-earthers are part of the ‘faith community’ but they are not all 
going to heaven.
The Bible says the just shall live by faith and the faith by which the 
just live is called by Paul the faith of God’s elect. There is natural 
faith and there is the faith of Christ. There is faith borne of human 
wisdom and faith from above that is spiritual and created by God the 
Holy Spirit. Thus when the Lord Jesus Christ says, “Thy faith hath saved 
thee, go in peace”, it is the faith of Christ graciously gifted, the 
faith of God’s elect that is in view, exercised in humble worship and 
reliance upon the Saviour.
James Wells, a London preacher of the nineteenth century, once said, 
“For myself, I believe that the substituting of mere mental and moral 
conversion—this mere natural faith for the faith of God’s elect—I 
believe that there are more souls deceived by this doctrine than by any 
other found in all Protestant Christendom”.
Wells is speaking of the great error of manmade religion. Hell will be 
populated by damned souls who earnestly followed their creed or 
confession, obeyed their preacher’s teachings and with his (or her) 
connivance imagined themselves fit for heaven. In their heads they 
believed, by their conduct they observed all the norms of custom and 
practice their church required, and yet they are not saved. What 
confusion will follow those words of Christ in that day, “Depart from 
me, I never knew you.”
The faith of God’s elect is belief in the being of God, and trust in His 
promises as revealed to the church in the person and redemptive work of 
the Lord Jesus Christ. JEHOVAH, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, has 
revealed Himself as “forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin” and 
giving eternal life to the church in Christ Jesus. Faith is giving 
credit to this Divine testimony, and relying upon God’s faithfulness for 
the fulfilment of it.
Not the glory and wonder of the promise; but the glory, wonder, and 
faithfulness of the Promiser is the proper object of faith. To believe, 
and rest in the almighty Promiser and His assurances in Christ, the 
Godman, is faith. “Acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness” 
is faith.
The possession of the faith of God’s elect and the exercise of it in 
this world is the gift of God. “Unto you,” says Paul, “it is given to 
believe” (Philippians 1:29). And every truly awakened and regenerated 
believer finds reason, to cry out, as the apostle did to Christ, “Lord, 
increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).

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