The one thing theologians agree upon is for immortality genuine faith is the only imperative. However, the fact remains 99% of Christians have no real idea as to what the Bible is talking about when it speaks of ‘faith.’ We only know natural faith, human faith — not the faith of God. Scripture plainly states that ‘not all men have faith.’ ~ “And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith” (2Thessalonians 3.2). All men have natural, or human faith, but not all have the kind of faith that Jesus talks about, the faith that raises the dead, stops the wind, and moves mountains. The Bible says that this kind faith, the ‘God’ kind of faith comes from the word of God. It is not until an individual comes into contact with the word of God that he is he able to obtain the Bible kind of faith. Faith is communication with God.
The Spirit of Faith
Faith is the Spirit of God speaking to the spirit of man, revealing things to his spirit. The Apostle Paul wrote ~ “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8.16). The Holy Spirit is revealing something to our spirit, something that is still not visible to the natural eye, but it is just as real as other physical things that are visible to the natural eye, Because… ~ “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11.3). Faith lifts us up out of the limitations of the natural world and catapults us into the spiritual world where ~ “… all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9.23).
How Faith Works
The Bible defines faith ~ “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11.1). From where does this divine conviction come? — It comes from the Holy Spirit through the word1 of God. Jesus explained it this way, He said ~”However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come…He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare [it] to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare [it] to you” (John 16.13-16). Faith is the key to understanding God and the Bible. Most people fail to recognize that it is impossible to even ‘come to God’ without faith. In the book of Hebrews, it is written ~ “But without faith [it is] impossible to please [Him], for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and [that] He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11.6).
Your Ticket to Paradise
God richly rewards those who seek Him by Faith. Faith is the chief requirement in the New Testament. The writer of the book of Roman’s states that ~ “…for whatever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14.23). Mankind is saved by faith alone and condemned to eternal judgement for unbelief. ~ “knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified” (Galatians 2.16). Learning how to have faith is much more than only discovering how to ‘receive’ from God.
Why God Demands Faith
God is a spirit, but our physical nature (consciousness) obstructs us from contacting Him; thus, faith is imperative if we are to know God and be reconciled to Him. Real faith is a spiritual exercise that brings us into relationship with God. Faith brings us into the very presence2 of God and totally transforms us to the point that we become one spirit3 with God. As you learn to live by faith, you begin to walk each day in closer communion with God. In a world where there are more questions than answers, it is nice to know that at the end of the day God only requires one thing. Stay tuned because building and maintaining a strong foundation of faith upon time-tested biblical principles will be examined in a number of coming blogs.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
1. Romans 10.17
2. Ephesians 3.12
3. 1Corinthians 6.17
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