Are we, who consider ourselves saved, in the faith or of the faith? Now as I am using the phrase "in the faith" I refer to us agreeing with what we believe is the gospel of salvation. I joined the Boy Scouts and therefore was "in" the Boy Scouts. My action caused my entry. Picture a door, we open it, and then Christ walks in! Is this your idea of entry into salvation? On the other hand, we have the phrase "of the faith." Here the idea is transformative, we were converted from not being of the faith to being of the faith, from not being a chosen person to being a chosen person, from not being born anew to being born anew, from not being a new creation to being a new creation. The second view (becoming "of the faith") is actually how we enter His Rest. The first view (becoming in the faith) results in us being "professing Christians." But there are both tares and wheat who are professing Christians. But does God always enter when we profess our belief in Christ, i.e. open the door, so to speak? What does Matthew 13:1-23 teach? Those that say if we profess Christ, we are automatically saved, are just as wrong as those that say we cannot receive the gospel with joy due to our total spiritual inability.