Rom. 4:5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,
John Wesley came to the American colonies to preach Christ; there was one significant problem, he himself was not yet saved. On his trip back to England, after a miserable ministry trip, his ship encountered a terrible storm. At one point, Wesley was filled with fear because of the ferocity of the storm. That’s when he heard a group of Moravians worshipping and giving glory to God. In that divine moment, Wesley saw the difference between a knowledge about God and a relationship with the Lord that comes by grace through faith. On his return to London he began to attend a Moravian prayer meeting. In one of those meetings someone was reading a commentary by Martin Luther about the just shall live by faith. Wesley was awakened, his “heart was strangely warmed”, the rest is history. Here are some comments from Wesley’s teaching on salvation by grace through faith.
“Faith in general is a divine, supernatural; “evidence” or “conviction,” “of things not seen,” not discoverable by our bodily senses, as being either past, future, or spiritual. Justifying faith implies, not only a divine evidence or conviction that “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself;” but a sure trust and confidence that Christ died for “my” sins, that he loved “me,” and gave himself for “me.” And at what time soever a sinner thus believes, be it in early childhood, in the strength of his years, or when he is old and hoary-haired, God justifieth that ungodly one: God, for the sake of his Son, pardoneth and absolveth him, who had in him, till then, no good thing. Repentance, indeed, God had given him before; but that repentance was neither more nor less than a deep sense of the want of all good, and the presence of all evil. And whatever good he hath, or doeth, from that hour when he first believes in God through Christ, faith does not “find,” but “bring.” This is the fruit of faith. First the tree is good, and then the fruit is good also.”
Faith is a gift of grace given to us by God. When faith awakens in our soul, the unseen world of the kingdom is no longer a theory, it becomes a living reality to us. Soak yourself in God’s word, it is the doorway to the kingdom. Read it, meditate on it, sing it, proclaim it; surely your heart will be strangely warmed.