Saving Faith by Charles H. Spurgeon

Saving Faith
Charles H. Spurgeon
Luke 7:50; 18:42

I do not remember that this expression is found anywhere else in the Word of God. It is found in these two places in the gospel by Luke, but not in any other gospel. Luke also gives us in two other places a kindred and almost identical expression, "thy faith hath made thee whole." This you will find used in reference to the woman whose issue of blood had been staunched (Luke 8:48) and in connection with that one of the ten lepers who returned to praise the Savior for the cure he had received (Luke 17:19). You will find the expression, "Thy faith hath made thee whole" once in Matthew and twice in Mark, but you find it twice in Luke together therewith the twice repeated words of our text, "Thy faith hath saved thee."

Are we wrong in supposing that the long intercourse of Luke with the apostle Paul led him not only to receive the great doctrine of justification by faith that Paul so plainly taught and to attach to faith that high importance that Paul always did, but also to have a peculiar memory for those expressions that were used by the Savior in which faith was manifestly honored to a very high degree? Albeit Luke would not have written anything that was not true for the sake of maintaining the grand doctrine so clearly taught by the apostle, yet I think his full conviction of it would help to recall to his memory more vividly those words of the Lord Jesus from which it could be more clearly learned or illustrated. Be that as it may, we know that Luke was inspired and that he has written neither more nor less than what the Savior actually said. Hence we may be quite sure that the expression, "Thy faith hath saved thee," fell from the Redeemer's lips. We are bound to accept it as pure unquestionable truth, and we may repeat it ourselves without fear of misleading others or trenching upon any other truth.

I mention this because the other day I heard an earnest friend say that faith did not save us, at whi ...

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