purely intellectual point of view, it is merely an actually existing boat. As the stream rises, he looks at it, secondly, with some accession of emotion, his prospective danger awakens in him the conviction that it is a good boat for a time of need, though he is not yet ready to make use of it. But, thirdly, when he feels that the rushing tide must otherwise sweep him away, a volitional element is added ? he gets into the boat, trusts himself to it and accepts it as his present and only means of safety. Only this last faith in the boat is faith that saves, although this last includes both the preceding constituents. It is equally clear that the getting into the boat may actually save a man, while at the same time he may be full of fears that the boat will never bring him to shore. These fears may be removed by the boatman?s word. So saving faith is not necessarily assurance of faith but it becomes assurance of faith when the Holy Spirit ?beareth witness with our spirit that we are children of God? ( <450816>Romans 8:16). On the nature of this assurance and on the distinction between it and saving faith, see pages 844-846.
?Coming to Christ,? ?looking to Christ,? ?receiving Christ,? are all descriptions of faith, as are also the phrases ?surrender to Christ,? ?submission to Christ,? ?closing in with Christ.? Paul refers to a confession of faith in <451009>Romans 10:9 ? ?if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord? faith then, is a taking of Christ as both Savior and Lord and it includes both appropriation of Christ and consecration to Christ. The voluntary element in faith however, is a giving as well as a taking. The giving, or surrender, is illustrated in baptism by submergence and the taking, or reception, by emergence. See further on the Symbolism of Baptism. McCosh, Div. Government: ?Saving faith is the consent of the will to the assent of the understanding, and commonly accompanied with emotion.? Pres. Hopkins, in Princeton Rev., Sept. 1878:511-540 ? ?In its intellectual element, faith is receptive, and believes that God is. In its affectionate element, faith is assimilative and believes that God is a rewarder . In its voluntary element, faith is operative and actually comes to God ( <581106>Hebrews 11:6).?
Where the element of surrender is emphasized and the element of reception is not understood, the result is a legalistic experience, with little hope or joy. Only as we appropriate Christ, in connection with our consecration, do we realize the full blessing of the gospel. Light requires two things: the sun to shine, and the eye to take in its shining. So we cannot be saved without Christ to save and faith to take the Savior for ours. Faith is the act by which we receive Christ. The woman who touched the border of Jesus? garment received his healing power. It is better still to keep in touch with Christ so as to receive continually his
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