The Roman Catholic Church teaches that faith is necessary for salvation. But faith in what?
“Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us, and that Holy Church proposes for our belief, because he is truth itself.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, para. 1814
Rome’s definition of faith means to believe in God, all His revelations, and all that the Roman Catholic Church teaches. Is this the definition of faith as portrayed in the Scripture? According to the Bible, in what are we supposed to place our faith?
“Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” – Romans 3:25 KJV
According to Paul, Christ was set forth to be a propitiation. Through what? Through faith in his blood. Paul gave us the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Paul tells us that we are saved by believing the gospel. What is the gospel? The gospel is “how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” Our belief, our faith, is in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.