But here’s the thing: there are several kinds of faith that people confuse for true saving faith.
The first is what we call “head knowledge.” We can understand that God loves us and that our sin prevents us from having a relationship with Him. We can acknowledge that He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin so that we can experience a relationship with God.
Many people know about God. They believe He exists. They may even go to church and read the Bible. But merely knowing about God is not enough. James 2:19 reminds us that even the demons believe that God exists. There must be more.
The second is temporary faith. People can trust God for a lot of things. They have faith that He will heal them, that He will provide for them financially, or that He will cause something to happen. But these are all temporary. They require a faith that is also temporary. Once the need is met, faith is no longer necessary. Again, that is not the kind of faith that saves us for eternity.
True saving faith only happens when we put our trust in Jesus Christ alone for our eternal life. That kind of faith is a d ...