Through Faith in Christ Jesus (Part IV)

Introduction

Today, as always before, apart from the fact that God takes care of all persons, there are certain unusual advantages and privileges or benefits that some people receive by virtue of their faith in Christ Jesus. It is this faith that this edition of our Newsletter is set out to present.

Faith that works

According to James, faith and works are inextricably linked. One´s actions and inactions reveal whether s/he has faith or not. Thus, James contends that:

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?” (Jams 2:17-22).

As James points out, some actions are required of us before we could receive our blessings from the Lord. Having faith, that, God would do miracles in your life and sitting aloofly or idly, the expected results would not be produced. As cited above, Abraham acted in faith by literally offering his only beloved son, Isaac. Rahab also, knowing well that God would bring deliverance to her and her family, acted by concealing and protecting the servants of God that were sent to spy Jericho (Jams 2:24-25).

It ought to be understood that faith does not completely abrade human rationality. A person of faith needs to assess his or her life to discover and rediscover what should be done in practice. The step of faith that one takes is the work required to materialize the vision or the dream. The job applications made in faith, the short course that was undertaken in faith, the new direction in life that was taken in faith, the positive confessions, the sinful and the wrong actions rejected and abandoned are examples of works that make our faith alive.

Living by Faith:

God has not promised His children a problem-free life. This is why life may be extremely difficult for us as Christians but our only hope to continue living is our faith in Christ Jesus. An unbeliever could resort to all means possible to make life more comfortable for themselves but it is not so for believers. When challenges of life confront us face-to-face, we must remember that our faith would keep us going as it is written, ” The just shall live by faith” (Rom 1:17, Heb 2:4).

It is read that by faith our ancestors endured hardships and obtained promises, and some women received their dead children raised back to life (Heb 11:33-35). In all things, we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 8:37). When all the available facts and material evidence are against you, by faith, declare to yourself and the situation that you walk by faith but not by sight (2Co 5:7). When all the forces of darkness team up against you, do not panic or fret but declare that you “have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1Joh 4:4).

Conclusion

As believers, faith with an acceptable level of rationality (i.e. works and wisdom) in Christ is the antidote to our hassles in this world. We cannot behave as unbelievers in trying moments, but with the right dose of faith, and the Lord God being our help, success would come ours.

Prayer: May the Prince of Peace and the invincible God increase our faith to endure the difficult times we are in, and to live to please Him all the days of our lives. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN!!

Through Faith in Christ Jesus (Part III)

Introduction

It has been discussed in our previous Newsletters that faith is not an abstract thing but it is a substance or an evidence that accords us with a personalized reality to the aspirations of hope, a hope that is anchored on nothing else but on Christ Jesus.

Faith in His Name

“Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God” (Acts 3:6-8).

Many people receive their miracles through the powerful name of Jesus Christ. When Christ Jesus brings us deliverance, it is perfect. He adds no trouble with it. He further says that when He sets people free, they are free indeed (Joh 8:36). Peter, in referring to the name of Christ, opines that:

“And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers” (Acts 3:16-17).

Believers have been given the authority to use the name of Christ Jesus to bring freedom to humankind. It is written that signs shall accompany them that believe; for, in His name, they shall cast out devils and shall speak with new tongues (Mar 16:17). Our encouragement is that if we ask anything in His name, He will do it (Joh 14:14). The effect is always positive when the name of Christ Jesus is used by faith.

Salvation by Faith

Faith in the name of Christ Jesus does not only bring healing or miracles but also salvation. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom 10:13). It is also believed that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as the people of old (Acts 15:11). It is only by faith in His name that one receives salvation (Joh 20:31). All the prophets testified to this fact that through His name whosoever believes in Him shall receive remission of sins (Acts 10:43). It is not the knowledge of God that gives us salvation but receiving and believing in the knowledge of God through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2Ti 3:15).

Whether a person is a Jew or not, the only sure way to salvation is by faith in Christ Jesus. It is by faith that we inherit the blessings of Abraham and the promise of the Spirit (Gal 3:14). The truth is that “no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith” (Gal 3:11). It is God who shall justify the circumcision (i.e. the Jews) by faith, and uncircumcision (i.e. the Gentiles) through faith (Rom 3:30). So then, faith in Christ is the only qualification to receive salvation.

Conclusion

Having faith in Christ Jesus has the power to bring down the promises and the blessings of God down into our lives. Also, a person is justified before God only by his/her faith in Christ Jesus. Observing the Mosaic Laws or being self-righteous is not a pre-requisite to salvation. It is about grace through faith in Christ Jesus.

Prayer: Our Lord and Savior, we ask for your grace to enlighten us to see your Son, Jesus Christ as our only hope for salvation. Help us to place all our hope in Him. In the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN!