Good News About Faith
The subject of faith is one many people are interested today. What is it? And, where does it come from? Our study here will help you answer these questions, and develop a true faith that can stand through all the storms of life.
Questions have been raised about the origin of faith in God, and Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
Consider this: True faith either comes as a gift from God, or springs unaided naturally from within the soul. Which of these two statements do you think is true?
The Answer: True faith is a gift from God. The Bible states that just as God has given life to all, He also gives to every man (person) a measure of faith. See Romans 12:3.
Why is the origin of faith important to understand?
There are people, even professed Christians, who feel, or have been taught, that they must have great faith before they can come to God, and Jesus Christ, in order to find eternal life. So, because they feel they don’t have enough faith, or feel they don’t have any faith, they stay away from God and fail to obtain that which they need most. When people keep God at a distance they experience a lack of power, and spiritual development, which only He can provide through a close, personal, relationship with Him.
What needs to be done to remedy this situation?
Come to God just as you are; and believe what He tells you in the Bible. He wants you to come. His invitation is open to everyone. Don’t wait until you think you have enough faith, or feel that you are good enough. God will provide what you need to begin, and to continue on … successfully. … he that cometh to God must believe that he (God) is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
…my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 19
What the Scriptures say about faith, and it’s relationship to the plan of salvation
God the Father draws people to His Son, Jesus. Jesus said…
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. John 6:44, 45
Jesus is the Author of our faith
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
Through Christ we trust God
And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward… 2 Corinthians 3:4
God has given us faith through grace Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17
How we obtain faith
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
… the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth… Colossians 1:5, 6
God gives faith to you freely
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power… Ephesians 1:17-19
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge… 2 Peter 1:2-5
All things are of God
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation…
2 Corinthians 5:18
God establishes His people
Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 2 Corinthians 1:21, 22
God works in us
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13
Faith is God’s work
Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. John 6:29
Our role in the work of faith is to cooperate with His efforts.
Faith is among the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;To another faith by the same Spirit… But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22, 23
God opened the door of faith for all
And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles. Acts 14:27
What faith is not
Faith is not a feeling that comes and goes with with the rise and fall of human emotions. God loves you whether you feel that He does, or not For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3
The Scriptures assure us that faith is God’s gift
How large does someone’s faith need to be in order to be true faith? Consider what a very small seed can do… Jesus said… verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Matthew 17:20
What is needed is to put our little faith in our all powerful God.
What can the gift of faith do for a believer in Christ?
… You are justified by faith in Jesus, and saved by grace. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Romans 3:28
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8, 9
Faith brings peace, grace, and rejoicing
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1, 2
Faith leads to righteousness
What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. Romans 9:30
Temptations and sin can be overcome
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Ephesians 6:16
Faith has healed, and made people strong
But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. 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. Acts 3:14-16
And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Acts 6:8
Many have been added to the Lord’s kingdom through the exercise of faith
For he (Barnabas) was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. Acts 11:24
The Bible says: The just shall live by faith Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. Hebrews 10:38, 39
Do all have the same amount of faith?
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Romans 12:3
What if you feel you only have a little faith; can it be of any help?
Yes! In Matthew 17:20, Jesus said: … verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
You would never be able to accomplish such a supernatural occurrence in your own finite strength. But, when our little faith (even that which may seem to be the size of the smallest seed) is exercised toward our great God, it is He who accomplishes what could never have been done without His help.
We put our trust in Him and He provides what is needed; according to what He knows what would be best.
Can the gift of faith grow?
And the apostles said unto the Lord… Increase our faith. Luke 17:5
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth… 2 Thessalonians 1:3
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2: 2, 3
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
God wants you to believe in Him, and have no doubts regarding this truth.
How beliefs regarding faith in God affect the spiritual life
People have asked: “Does it really matter what someone believes?”
The answer is yes! Beliefs and teachings can lead people to be spiritually well, and strong; or weak, and lost. One path leads to good health and life; and the other leads to defeat, and ultimately… to death. God wants you to know the truth and choose the only way to receive eternal life.
Jesus said… … ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8: 32
A measure of faith is extended to all. When acted upon daily, everything from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, to all the blessings of eternity, will be the reward. This precious, free, gift is still available. Will you use it today? For an increase in faith, all you need to do is ask. God’s promise is:
Ask… and you will receive… Matthew 7:7
If you understand this truth… that’s wonderful! Many, however, still do not.
Would you like to help the kingdom of God grow? The harvest… is great; but the laborers are few… See Matthew 9:37, 38.
Why not share the good news with someone today?
This article was written by Chris Teske
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