The Philadelphia Confession, 1742
The grace of faith, whereby the elect
are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ
in their hearts,1 and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of
the Word;2 by which also, and by the administration of baptism
and the Lord's Supper, prayer and other means appointed of God, it is increased, and
By this faith, a Christian believeth to
be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word for the authority of God Himself;4 and also apprehendeth an excellency therein above all other
writings and all things in the world:5 as it bears forth the
glory of God in His attributes, the excellency of Christ in His nature and offices, and
the power and fullness of the Holy Spirit in His workings and operations; and so is
enabled to cast his soul upon the truth thus believed,6 and
also acteth differently upon that which each particular passage thereof containeth;
yielding obedience to the commands,7 trembling at the
threatenings,8 and embracing the promises of God, for this
life, and that which is to come;9 but the principle acts of
saving faith, hath immediate relation to Christ, accepting, receiving, and resting upon
Him alone, for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant
This faith, although it be different in degrees, and may be weak, or strong,11 yet it is in the least degree of it, different in the kind, or nature of it, (as is all other saving grace) from the faith and common grace of temporary believers;12 and therefore, although it may be many times assailed and weakened, yet it gets the victory,13 growing up in many, to the attainment of a full assurance through Christ14 who is both the author and finisher of our faith.15
1. 2Co 4:13; Eph 2:8.
2. Ro 10:14,17.
3. Lk 17:5; 1Pe 2:2; Ac 20:32.
4. Ac 24:14.
5. Ps 19:7-10; 119:72.
6. 2Ti 1:12.
7. Jn 15:14.
8. Isa 66:2.
9. Heb 11:13.
10. Jn 1:12; Ac 16:31; Gal 2:20; Ac 15:11
11. Heb 5:13-14; Mt 6:30; Ro 4:19-20.
12. 2Pe 1:1.
13. Eph 6:16; 1Jn 5:4-5.
14. Heb 6:11-12; Col 2:2.
15. Heb 12:2.
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