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Faith in Jesus Christ
Most of us have faith in friends and family members who are always available in times of need. There are certain people we have come to trust by virtue of their loyalty and dependability. Faith is also one of the central themes of the Bible. This faith is similar to the above mentioned faith; however, this faith is on a much grander scale. When faith is discussed in the Bible, it is almost always in relationship to the faith that brings salvation through Jesus Christ.
“I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21)
The best way to answer the question, “What is faith according to the Bible?” is for me to offer first a little background information and then follow that with several examples from the Bible to help clarify precisely the meaning of Christian faith.
When God first placed humans on this earth, they were not scheduled to die; they had the ability to live forever as long as they followed God. But humans are a curious bunch and decided to go off on their own and try to do things apart from God. As a result, God assigned humans a time to die. Sometime later, God decided to give us a way to once again have eternal life, in spite of the fact that we are still flawed humans who have a difficult time living the kind of perfectly loving life God desires. God told us that he would send His Son to die on our behalf. And if we believe in His Son, and seek to follow God rather than find our own path, we can once again have eternal life.
By having faith in Jesus Christ, we are granted salvation from death, and if that faith is pure, we will from that moment forward seek to follow Jesus for all eternity. Before Jesus came to offer us salvation, we were told to follow the laws of God that are included in the early books of the Bible. Many people tried to follow the law to please God, but no one was able to follow the law perfectly. We all sin at some point – most of us many times – there was no way for us to be considered righteousness by God; no way for us to live the perfectly loving life He desired us to live.
Faith in Jesus Christ gives us salvation from the law and allows us to be considered righteous in God’s eyes. By believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus, we are once again granted eternal life.
“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.” (Romans 3:21-25)
Sharing Christian Faith
When Christian believers talk about sharing their faith, they are talking about telling people about Jesus and what his death on the Cross means to all of us.
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
That faith we all have in trusted friends and family is important and something we treasure; but faith in Jesus Christ is connection to the power of God.
“…so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 Corinthians 2:5)
It’s hard for us to fully understand the awesome sacrifice Jesus made for us. Christians understand Jesus is not just the Son of God, but He is actually a part of God. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit that lives inside all believers are three unique parts of the one and only God. When Jesus was here on this earth, and nailed to that Cross, he was fully God and He was also fully man. He felt the pain of His torture and death on the Cross in exactly the same way you and I would feel that pain. Yes, He knew as God He would be able to rise again and defeat death, but he still had to endure that horrendous pain for us. That is a love like no other.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Salvation Through Faith in Jesus Christ
Christians are believers in Jesus Christ and have been saved from death by their faith in Him.
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26-28)
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. “ (Ephesians 2:8)
We were not able to save ourselves from death by following the law, but we have been saved from death by faith in Jesus Christ. This is a faith like no other.
This faith can be used as a shield to protect us from the devil who is out to turn us away from God.
“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” (Ephesians 6:16)
“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12)
Faith From the Beginning Until Now
It may have been easier for the early followers of Jesus to have faith in the story of His death and resurrection because they were hearing this Gospel message from eyewitnesses.
“For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.” (2 Peter 1:16-18)
Now over two thousand years later, our faith is much more profound than those original Christians because we are so far removed from the actual events. It’s easy to discount those distant miraculous stories as pure fiction. The Bible gives us a simple definition of faith that applies precisely to our current situation.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)
“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” (Hebrews 11:3)
Ultimately, no human was there when God created the heaven and the earth, but we know from simple logic that the earth was in fact created, and it is by faith that we accept it was created by God. In order for there to be a creation, there had to be a Creator and most people accept that as being God. From the beginning, God has established faith as a key ingredient to having a relationship with Him.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
If you look in the eleventh chapter of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament, you will find a long list of people who demonstrated faith in God. Familiar Bible names like Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, all are listed as having great faith. The verse below refers to these believers as “a great cloud of witnesses.”
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Build a Relationship With God by Faith
Truly, faith in God is essential to starting a relationship with Him and a central piece of the spiritual puzzle that connects us to God. Keep in mind that honest faith will always be followed by action that will demonstrate the sincerity of your faith.
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (James 2:26)
Our ancient ancestors set the tone for humans and drifted away from God. It is now our nature to try to go our own way and not follow God. The punishment for that disobedience is death, and there is no amount of gold or silver that can buy our way out of that punishment; only faith in Jesus Christ is sufficient to demonstrate our absolute trust in God.
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.” (1 Peter 1:18-21)
These are difficult times we live in for believers and unbelievers. It is more difficult than ever for unbelievers to find God in this profoundly secular world and it is more challenging than ever for believers to hold on to their faith when the devil is so actively pushing us in the opposite direction. It is faith that will carry us through. If you don’t have it, tell God you want to know Him. If you are already a believer, do everything possible to nurture and protect your faith.
“But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” (Jude 1:17-21)