一.信心的美德是基督之灵在选民心里的工作(林后4:13;弗1:17-19;2:8),使他们能够信而得救(来10:39),这信心通常是藉着听道而成(罗10:14,17),并藉着圣道的宣讲、圣礼的施行和祈祷,得以增加并巩固(彼前2:2;徒20:32;罗4:11;路17:5;罗1:16,17)。

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; and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word: by which also, and by the administration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengthened.

二.藉此信心,基督徒相信圣经中所启示的都是真实可靠的,因为是上帝自己的权威在其中说话(约4:42;帖前2:13;约壹5:10;徒24:14)。基督徒也藉此信心照着每段经文所说的分别去行:服从其命令(罗16:26),因其警诫而战兢(赛66:2),并坚信上帝对今世来生的应许(来11:13;提前4:8)。但得救信心的主要活动,还在于使人因恩典之约,惟独接受并信赖基督,以至于称义,成圣,并承受永生(约1:12;徒16:31;加2:20;徒15:11)。

By this faith, a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God Himself speaking therein; and acteth differently, upon that which each particular passage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life, and that which is to come. But the principal acts of saving faith are, accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace.

三.这信心是程度不同,强弱不一的(来5:13-14;罗4:19-20;太6:30;8:10);它可能屡次多方受打击,被削弱,但终必得胜(路22:31-32;弗6:16;约壹5:4-5);它在许多人里面不断成长,直到藉着那为我们信心创始成终的基督(来12:2),获得充足的确信(来6:11,12;10:22;西2:2)。

This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong; may be often and many ways assailed and weakened, but gets the victory; growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance through Christ, who is both the author and finisher of our faith.