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.
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.
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.