The term, saving faith, is not
found in the scripture. But there is a faith that saves, and a faith that does
not save. A good example is found in Luke 18:42 where Jesus
said to the blind man, “thy faith hath saved thee”. A good
question is: what was involved in this faith that saved? The answer: it was a
faith that prompted the man to action. It says in verse 38 of
Luke 18. “And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me”.
Next let us notice a faith that does not save. John 12:42 “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue”. Notice many of the “chief rulers believed on him”, but would not confess him. Their faith did not prompt them to act, and they would not confess Christ as the Son of God. Remember the words of Jesus in Luke 12:8, 9 where he said, “Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God”. The Chief rulers did not have a faith that saves. It should have moved them to confess Jesus. A saving faith is an active, obedient faith. Here is what James says about the kind of faith the chief rulers had. “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him” James 2:14. Let’s apply this to the chief rulers. Did their faith save them even though they would not confess Jesus? Absolutely not. Again hear what James says in 2:20, “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead”. So we see then, that a dead faith will not save.
A saving faith is an obedient faith. The Hebrew writer says in Hebrews 5:9 “And being made perfect, he (Jesus) became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him”. Jesus saves those whose faith is an obedient faith. Faith without obedience is a faith that will not save.