“All authority is given to Me in heaven and on earth... And behold, I am with you always, even to the consummation of the age.” - Matthew 28:18, 20
Kempton New Church

December
12

Confidence: Part of a Good Life

And the birth of Jesus Christ was in this way: His mother Mary, being betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, was found with child from the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being just, and not willing to expose her to public infamy, intended to send her away privately. (Matthew 1:18-19)

To believe in the Lord is to have confidence that He will save, and as no one can have this confidence except one who lives aright, therefore this also is meant by believing in Him. (Faith 36)

It is indeed said that the very faith itself which saves is confidence; but this confidence is quite impossible except in the good of life. Without the good of life there is no reception, and where there is no reception there is no confidence, except at times a certain apparent confidence. (AC 2982:2)

By faith in the Lord is meant confidence that He will save, and they have this confidence who immediately approach Him, and shun evils as sins; with others it is not given. (AR 949:2)

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