Only Faith Will Do

“To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, and to be certain of the things we cannot see.”  Hebrews 11:1

It is one thing to know the truth but it is quite another to put the truth into practice. The desire to be a successful Christian is not enough. Nor is it sufficient to give an intellectual assent to the scripture. The Biblical demand is quite clear only faith will do. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him…” (Hebrews 11:6)

Therefore, the issue is not this or that sin; it is not our money, nor our talent, nor our time, nor our work, nor is it even the various doctrines we accept. The issue is not our prayer life and it’s length; it is not our service for Christ and its amount; it is not our church attendance and its frequency; it is not our Bible study and its depth; it is not our sincerity and its transparency, the issue is faith.

What is this necessary ingredient which acts as a catalyst between knowledge and practice? What is it that God demands of us? Faith will never be understood as long as it is considered to be, and investigated as an abstract idea or an isolated virtue. Faith is inseparably related to genuine Christianity. While the term may be used in a great variety of ways, such as putting one’s faith in a person, an instrument, or a medicine, in the Biblical sense faith is much more strictly defined. It is not enough to say that the person who believes in a false religion has faith. Of course they have faith, but it is condemned by the Bible as false. The Biblical Christian and the Buddhist both have faith, but the faith of the former is true and the faith of the latter is spurious in the sense that it has a false object even though his sincerity may be beyond reproach.

Biblical Christianity revolves around the person of Jesus Christ. Therefore, Biblical faith is inseparably related to correct belief and action regarding Jesus Christ. Biblical Christianity is rooted in the redemptive work of Jesus in history. Therefore, Biblical faith is inseparably related to correct belief and action regarding the atonement.

Biblical Christianity is based upon the revelation of God in the scriptures. Therefore, Biblical faith is inseparably related to correct belief and action regarding the Bible.

Perhaps my definition of faith would be helpful considering the many facets of faith:

“Faith is the response of the total person to God as a person in loving submission, trust, and obedience; in and through the person of Jesus Christ as the revelation of God and Redeemer of mankind, who as the Sovereign Lord offers Himself to the believer, through ministry of the Holy Spirit and the scriptures, as their daily sufficiency.”

Remember: It’s not how much you actually do, but how you profess your faith because “Only faith will do!”

by Kelsey McKay

 

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