Romaine notes that true faith produces true union (which is the point of Wilkinson https://memoirandremains.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/the-one-office-of-faith/ ). Now, such true union necessarily produces true effects. To be joined to Christ by faith produces life, it produce fruit. A dead faith is dead ultimately because it does not acquire life from Christ. Salvation is the benefit Christ confers by means of faith. Salvation flows from the relationship with have with Christ:
“It may be known from the effects. Dead faith brings forth nothing. Living faith is fruitful. It produces a hearty trust in the truth of what God hath spoken, and a quiet reliance on the faithfulness of what God hath promised. It gives him credit for the finished salvation of his Son, and puts honour upon his record concerning it; whereby peace is received into the conscience, and love into the heart. Upon which there follows a settled dependence upon this reconciled God and loving Father, for the fulfilling of every promise, and this is improved by daily experience. He that trusteth in the Lord is never confounded. God is faithful. His promises cannot fail. Blessed is the man that trusteth in him. The Lord God will be a sun and a shield unto him: the Lord will give him grace and glory.
As for the hypocrites, it is not so with them. The Holy Spirit was not the author of their faith. It was a fancy of their own, formed in their heads, without any warrant from God. There was no life in it, and no living effects from it. There was the form, and nothing more. They made a profession, but never came to any enjoyment. They had no vital union, and therefore they could not have any real communion with Christ.”
William Romaine. “Treatises on the life, walk, and triumph of faith.” Thus, a hypocrite is like one who claims to know some famous man, but knows him not at all.
Wilkinson explains the relationship has such great intimacy that it is an adoption — it is not mere knowledge, but is a familial bond:
“It is worthy of attention, also, that it is in virtue of this relation to Christ that we are admitted to the high privilege of sonship to God; and that our sonship has a dignity and blessedness which even that of Adam in his state of innocence had not, inasmuch as our exalted Head and Lord, the Incarnate Son, owns us as His brethren, and associates us with Himself in His high and holy purposes. In many passages of the New Testament, a marked prominence is given to the blessing of adoption, as immediately consequent upon our receiving the Saviour, and being accepted in Him; and it is re–‘ ferred to as a part of the Divine “counsel” which shows forth the abounding riches of the grace of God. Thus St. Paul writes to the Ephesians, “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.” (i. 5, 6.)”
Henry Wilkinson Williams. “Union with Christ.” While the hypocrite only pretends at knowledge, the one possessing true faith has come into his final home.
I knew a child who had moved into an adoptive family after a lifetime of foster care. Within a couple of weeks of her move — which had brought her to her “own” room (something she had never had before) — she asked if her room was “still there”. For the one who comes to true faith, the room will not be lost — it is still and always will be “there”.
True faith is the faith of a son adopted into a family who trusts no more upon the criminals he knew in the street nor his own “wits” and prowess. True faith secures union with Christ — and then seeks nothing apart from that union. True faith says, “Christ is enough”.