By The Book #19: The Significance of Faith
When the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (Gal. 4:4-5)
So belief comes thru hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. (Rom. 10:17)
Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing unto God. (Heb. 11:6)
Because you are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying Abba, Father. (Gal. 4:6)
The comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring you to remembrance all that I said unto you. (John 14:26)
Howbeit when the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you unto all truth. (John 16:13)
We know that the most important thing in a Christian’s life is to be well pleasing to God. Yet he cannot please Him without having faith. Why is faith so significant IF we were to go thru a concordance on the word “faith” we would find that all the grace which God has provided for men is given to them thru faith. Faith is so essential that God will not give grace for any other reason. Why is it that so many people seem to be quite obedient and willing to do good, yet they don’t receive very much of God’s grace? We need to realize that in God’s way of redemption, there are four essentials:
1) The work of Christ. The first step is having Christ’s accomplished redemption for us. Through His own death and resurrection for us.
2) The word of God.
Through His word God tells us what He has done for us men. The word of God spreads the news concerning the accomplished work of Christ.
3) Men believing God’s word.
What we believe is the word of God, not the work of Christ. His work has satisfied the heart of God. He has accomplished what God has proposed. We trust in the work of Christ, but we believe in the word of God. For without the word of God we cannot place out trust in the work of Christ. Without God’s word, we have no knowledge of Christ’s work.
4) The Holy Spirit working into believers the finished work of Christ.
When the bible mentions the Holy Spirit, it puts special emphasis on the communion of the Holy Spirit because it is the Spirit who channels the finished work of Christ into us as well as leads into the truth of God. Truth is reality, that is, spiritual reality. The Biblical conception of truth is twofold:
Truth points to Christ and what He has accomplished, for the Lord says, “I am the truth” (John. 14:6)
It points to the word of God, because Christ also declares: “thy word is truth” (John: 17:17). The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. It is He who causes us to enter into Christ and all that Christ has done for us. It is also He who makes God’s word real in our lives.
Now such being God’s way of redemption, no one may receive anything without faith. Although Christ has accomplished all and God’s word testifies to it, the Holy Spirit can do nothing and we will receive nothing if we do not believe.
No sinner can be saved by works. Eventually we understand that salvation is on the basis of the work of Christ, and so he enters into rest. Today many Christians are in a dilemma. They appear to be unable to die. Today they are bad, and tomorrow they will still be bad. No matter how much they try to be good, they try in vain. Oh, let me say this is an erroneous gospel if it calls upon you to do it it yourself. The bible explicitly states this: “in Christ you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ” (Col. 2:11). All is done for us by Christ. This is His work. We ought to reckon what has been done in Him.
What the Lord Jesus has accomplished is to cause us to be perfect in Him; and the Holy Spirit incorporates within us everything that is in Christ. He has not only died but He has also resurrected. When Christ died, we also died; and when He ascended we also ascended. Our inheritance in Him is in fact far beyond our expectation.
God’s word brings to us that which is far away. Unless we lay hold of God’s word, we have not believed. Without God’s word, our faith shall be groundless; it will be but psychological.