The acts of faith are three. They are distinct and concurrent exercises of the mind.
1. The assent of the understanding to the truth of God in the Gospel, especially that part of the Gospel which relates to the death of Christ as a sacrifice for sin.
2. The consent of the broken will and of the affections to God’s plan of salvation; such an approbation and choice of Salvation (resulting from the broken will) implies a renunciation of sin and disobedience to God.
3. From this assent of the enlightened understanding, and the consent of the rectified will, result in the actual trust in the Savior, and personal approbation of His merits. This action of faith must necessarily be preceded by true repentance.