Although we all use the term ‘faith’, do we clearly understand what we mean by it? Hebrews 11 gives us some real practical insight into faith. Verses 1, 2, & 6 say, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. . . For by it the men of old gained approval . . . and without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of those who seek Him.” Then the rest of the chapter goes on to delineate for us the great acts inspired by the faith of the saints of old.
Romans 4:3,5,23-25 also help us for it says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness . . . But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness. . . . Now not for his sake only was it written, that it was reckoned to him, but for our sake also, to whom it will be reckoned as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, He who was delivered up because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.”
So faith = believing God. What is it we must believe today to have righteousness reckoned to us? We must believe that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead for our justification. Or, as it is said of Abraham, “believe in Him who justifies the ungodly”. That is the faith that pleases God, whereby we gain approval, for we believe that God is, and that He rewards us for seeking Him in our need.
So when I call this section ‘faith’, I mean it shows the ways our family as God’s children seek to cultivate our faith – to believe God that what He promises in His word, He is also able to perform.
You see faith is in the mind, but it flows forth in actions – just like Hebrews 11 demonstrates.
There is one last verse on faith that I want to mention here. It is sad, for in it our Lord asks, “When the Son of man returns, will He find faith on the earth?” It seems there is a question on that point. Certainly many live as though there is no God. And if we fail to live for Him, our children will turn away from following Him as well. We must teach them by our lives.
John 6:28,29 They said therefore to Him, “What shall we do that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent”.
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