?Proselytes of the gate? were so called, because they contented themselves with sitting in the gate, as it were, without going into the holy city. ?Proselytes of righteousness? were those who did their whole duty, by joining themselves fully to the people of God. Not emotion, but devotion, is the important thing. Temporary faith is as irrational and valueless as temporary repentance. It perhaps gained temporary blessing in the way of healing in the tune of Christ, but, if not followed by complete surrender of the will, it might even aggravate one?s sin; see <430514>John 5:14 ? ?Behold, thou art made whole; sin no more, lest a worse thing befall thee.? The special faith of miracles was not a high, but a low form of faith and it is not to be sought in our day as indispensable to the progress of the kingdom. Miracles have ceased, not because of decline in faith, but because the Holy Spirit has changed the method of his manifestations, and has Jed the church to seek more spiritual gifts.
Saving faith, however, includes also:
C. A voluntary element (fiducia, credere in Deum), trust in Christ is Lord and Savior; or, in other words ? to distinguish its two aspects:
(a) Surrender of the soul, as guilty and deified, to Christ?s governance.
<401128> Matthew 11:28, 29 ? ?Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me?; <430812> John 8:12 ? ?I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in the darkness?; 14:1 ? ?Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me?; <441631>Acts 16:31 ? ?Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved.? Instances of the use of pisteu>w , in the sense of trustful commitment or surrender, are: <430224>John 2:24 ? ?But Jesus did not trust himself unto them, for that he knew all men?; <450302> Romans 3:2 ? ?they were instructed with oracles of God?; <480207> Galatians 2:7 ? ?when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel of the uncircumcision.? pi>stiv = ?trustful self-surrender to God? (Meyer).
In this surrender of the soul to Christ?s governance we have the guarantee that the gospel salvation is not an unmoral trust which permits continuance in sin. Aside from the fact that saving faith is only the obverse side of true repentance, the very nature of faith, as submission to Christ, the embodied law of God and source of spiritual life makes a life of obedience and virtue to be its natural and necessary result. Faith is not only a declaration of dependence but it is also a vow of allegiance. The sick man?s faith in his physician is shown not simply by trusting him but
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