“The difference between heart belief and head belief is the difference between salvation and damnation” George Sweeting
Trust is much closer to the biblical idea when talking about a personal decision to depend on Christ for Salvation.
If we really believe in an object of strength and sufficiency we can readily commit ourselves to it. Faith in a principle of life we cannot live without. We depend on things everyday because we have chosen to put our confidence in them. We purchase equipment, cars and tools because we believe that they will work, we put our faith in the trustworthiness of their manufacturers and dealers. We eat food because we believe in the competency of those preparing it. We deposit our money in banks, submit our bodies to surgeons and pay premiums to insurance companies all because of trust. Even the simple act of seeing or hearing involves trust, because we must believe in the validity of our own faculties. Have you ever said or heard the expression, ‘I don’t believe what my eyes are seeing’? We must believe that the image focused inside the eye and carried to the brain is an accurate picture of the scene before us.
In the spiritual realm we find supreme application of these facts. God is set forth in scripture as all all-sufficient, omnipotent source of trust for his creation. God’s Son, Jesus is proclaimed in the gospel as the one who made perfect satisfaction to the justice of God for our sins.
When we trust in the gospel reports and accept the testimony concerning Christ, we will lay hold upon Him personally and trust Him for salvation. 2 Timothy 1:12: ‘For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep what I have committed to him until that day.’ Paul commitment was made to the who he believed, and that trust belief produced a persuasion that impelled him to trust.
C.H. Spurgeon: “Genuine faith that saves the soul has for its main element – trust – absolute rest of the whole soul – on the Lord Jesus Christ to save me, whether He died in particular or in special to save me or not, and relying, as I am, wholly and alone on Him, I am saved. “ Sermons, v. 58, p. 583-84
The more we come to know a person, and the more we that person in the pattern of everyday life, the more we find ourselves being able to trust them, if they live in a way which warrants our trust. The more a person fulfils their promises and the more we can rely on a person, the more we place our trust in them.
John Piper wrote: “Saving faith is the confidence that if you sell all you have, and forsake all sinful pleasures, the hidden treasure of holy joy will satisfy your deepest desires. Saving faith is the heartfelt conviction not only that Christ is reliable, but also that he is desirable. It is the confidence that he will come through with his promises and that what he promises is more to be desired than all the world.”
The fuller sense of personal trust in Jesus in relation to initial saving faith is seen in scripture and tomorrow we will look at these examples.