Saved By Faith Alone?

Q. From an answer that you gave to the question titled Preconditions For Salvation, you mentioned John 3:16; 6:28, 29, 40; to prove that salvation is by faith alone. Don’t you think that you are adding the word alone to the word of our Lord? Were do we find the word alone in those verses? Yes, we are saved by faith, but does God’s Word tell us that we are saved by “faith alone”? If it says so, please tell me where without adding the word alone to the verses you quote to me.

A. In the Greek language the words faith and belief are essentially the same, both coming from the same root word. The absence of anything other than belief (faith) in verses describing the requirements for our salvation implies that we’re saved by faith alone.

For example, in both John 3:16 and John 3:36 Jesus said that everyone who believes in the Son will have eternal life.

In John 5:24 he said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”

In John 6:28-29 Jesus was asked what work God requires of us. He said, “The work of God is this, to believe in the one He has sent.” This was a very specific question and He gave a very specific answer.

in John 6:40 he said, “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

In all these opportunities to do so, the Lord didn’t add anything to belief as a requirement for salvation.

It was the same with Paul. In Ephesians 1:13-14 he said our salvation is guaranteed when we believe. Since at the moment of belief we had done nothing else it means our salvation is guaranteed based solely on our belief.

In Ephesians 2:8-9 he made it even clearer. He said we’re saved by grace through faith, and not by works. Grace is an unmerited favor that comes through faith and nothing else.

In Romans 3:21-22 he said we have a righteousness from God that comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, and in Romans 4:5 he said, “To the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked his faith is credited as righteousness.” Our righteousness is from God and comes through faith in Jesus Christ and nothing else.

And in Titus 3:4-5 he wrote, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done but because of His mercy.”

These verses provide conclusive evidence that our salvation is based only on what we believe. In other words we’re saved by faith alone.

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