The second aspect of our responsibility in coming to God is faith. As the write of Hebrews said: “He who comes to God must believe He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Seeking is a prelude to faith. God commands us to seek Him: “Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6). Yet we cannot seek Him unless He draws us to Himself” (see John 3:20-21;6:44).

Fundamentally, faith is a leap beyond the realm of logic or reason. These can carry us just so far. Faith takes us beyond what can be explained in terms of the tangible alone. Christian faith is more than an intellectual assent to certain propositions. It is looking to a living God. That is why it is so closely linked with repentance. Simply stated, repentance and faith are turning and looking.

But faith is not a casual glance in God’s direction. Rather, it is looking to God as our only hope; it is resting ourselves on Him as our only refuge. By looking to Him as the only master of the will, the only source of salvation, we have life (see Numbers 21:8-9; John 3:14-15). True Christian faith is in the present tense. It is immediate; it cannot just be a memory. If it is not current it is not faith.

Some Christians have doubts about their salvation. They want some experiential assurance that their conversion was real. But the essential question for them is not one of the experience, but of faith: “Who am I trusting the whole of my being to right now?” The proof of salvation is not some experience in the past but an ongoing persistence in both repentance and faith. This does not negate the experience of conversion nor does it say it is not vital, but it does say it is not valid if faith does not persevere to the end (see Hebrews 10:39; 1 Peter 1:9).

Clyde Cranford, Because We Love Him

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