Can our faith save us?
Does faith saves a person?
The answer depends on what kind of faith we have in ourselves.
Consider this an example:
For a traveler, to reach his destination, he needs a horse to ride.
Then he should keep that horse alive.
So that the horse can run until he arrives at his destination.
In that example,
The horse is our faith.
The life of the horse is our deeds.
The run of the horse is our love.
The destination is our salvation.
So, I recall the question – can faith save us?
Yes, if that faith is alive and working.
So what is a living and working faith?
A living faith is one that is put into action. Work is the life of faith. Without works – faith is dead.
James 2:26 (NKJV)
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Furthermore, a working faith is one that is based on love. Without love faith will not work correctly.
Galatians 5:6 (NKJV)
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.
Therefore, a living and working faith is one that has works and has love. For this, the Lord wants us to test our faith if it’s alive and working through love – through patience which is an attribute of love.
James 1:2-4 (New KJV)
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
A living and working faith through love can give us confidence in the day of the judgment.
1 John 4:17 (NIV)
In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the Day of Judgment, because in this world we are like him.
Finally, we must not stop working our faith through love – we must continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.
Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.