A Short Study of Luke 7:50

“And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”
(Luke 7:50)

There are many who fancy themselves more theologically sound than Christ Himself, who cringe at the teaching of saving faith. They say things like, “faith doesn’t save, grace does,” or perhaps some even more crafty wording, fashioned to make the clear teaching of Christ better fit their preconceived doctrinal “position.” If you ever find yourself needing to qualify or alter what Christ plainly said, for fear of compromising your doctrinal position, then you need a new position. Or better yet, cease to take positions at all, and simply believe what God said. Since Christ said to a sinner, “thy faith hath saved thee,” I would be afraid NOT to say it, and teach it.

Only faith, saving faith, the faith of God’s elect, God-given faith exalts the grace of God and the God of grace. And only this faith makes salvation sure to all of God’s elect. “Therefore [it is] of faith, that [it might be] by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed . . .” (Romans 4:16)

Why should we be hesitant to say the rain makes the flowers grow? We know Who made the rain, and Who sends it and causes it to fall when and where He pleases. You could argue that it is not the rain, but the clouds that give life, because without the clouds there would be no rain. Or you could just thank God for the clouds and rain, and rejoice that He would delight to make it fall on such a worm as I.

C. Cunningham

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