Salvation comes “through faith”, but some have erred by putting their faith in faith, rather than Christ. Rather than trust the work of Christ on Calvary, they depend on their choice to save them. That is no better than wishful thinking– it won’t get you to heaven. Some sad souls know nothing about the person and work of Christ yet they profess to be Christians because from among all the religions they have made that their choice. But saving faith is based on Christ, not confidence in our choice. Believing you are a millionaire doesn’t make you one, nor does faith in faith make you a believer in Christ.
Horatius Bonar wrote:”Faith is not our saviour. It was not faith that was born at Bethlehem and died on Golgotha for us. It was not faith that loved us, and gave itself for us; that bore our sins in its own body on the tree; that died and rose again for our sins. Faith is one thing, the Saviour is another. Faith is one thing, and the cross is another. Let us not confound them, nor ascribe to a poor, imperfect act of man, that which belongs exclusively to the Son of the Living God.
Our security is this, that it matters not how poor or weak our faith may be: if it touches the perfect One, all is well. God has asked and provided a perfect righteousness; He nowhere asks nor expects a perfect faith. So a feeble, very feeble faith, will connect us with the righteousness of the Son of God; the faith, perhaps, that can only cry, ‘Lord, I believe; help mine unbelief.’”