Man's only hope of finding salvation lies in faith. The nature of faith is the benefits it brings, and the results it produces. It can all be summed up like this: Christ is given to us by the goodness of God; WE GRASP AND POSSESS him by faith; then we obtain a two-fold benefit. 1) When we are reconciled by the righteousness of Christ, God becomes a gracious Father instead of a judge. 2) When we are sanctified by his Spirit, we reach after intergrity and purity of life. This is new birth.