Christian faith is “a trust in the merits of his life, death, and resurrection”

John Wesley, in his sermon Salvation by Faith on Ephesians 2:8 (italics mine):

[T]hat faith which the Apostles themselves had while our Lord was on earth… acknowledges the necessity and merit of his death, and the power of his resurrection. It acknowledges his death as the only sufficient means of redeeming man from death eternal, and his resurrection as the restoration of us all to life and immortality; inasmuch as he “was delivered for our sins, and rose again for our justification.” Christian faith is then, not only an assent to the whole gospel of Christ, but also a full reliance on the blood of Christ; a trust in the merits of his life, death, and resurrection; a recumbency upon him as our atonement and our life, as given for us, and living in us; and, in consequence hereof, a closing with him, and cleaving to him, as our “wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption,” or, in one word, our salvation.1

  1. (2011-09-01). The Great Books Reader, Excerpts and Essays on the Most Influential Books in Western Civilization (p. 473). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.