Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

the faith of Christ by bob cravens

8/5/13 

“For by grace are you saved by faith, -------“. Eph 2:8. We have been taught that our faith is a prerequisite to our salvation; but like the referees on the field during the football games say, “on further review, the ruling on the field has been overturned”. We should be extremely grateful that our spiritual future depends on a far greater faith than our own. I’m sure that every person who ever lived has had doubts at some point in their lives about the certainty of God’s promises, and maybe even the very existence of God. Sometimes we pray fervently and often for a loved one to recover from a serious illness and it doesn’t happen, and our faith is sorely tested.

 

The only faith that doesn’t waver, doesn’t doubt and doesn’t falter is the faith of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Jesus had faith that the power of the Father would free him from the Hadean realm and raise Him from death to life. The good news is that we are “heirs also, and fellow heirs with Christ”, Romans 8:17. Just as Christ was raised and seated at the right hand of the Father, so also were we. “But God, who is rich in mercy for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, has made us alive together with Christ, (by grace are you saved), and has raised us up together, and made us set together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”. Eph. 2:4,5. Joint heirship with Christ put all “in Christ”, even when we were dead in our sins. For as in Adam all died, in Christ all are made alive, 1 Cor. 15:22

 

The righteousness of God, “by the faith of Jesus Christ, has come to all, and upon all them that believe, for there is no difference, for all have sinned---“. Romans 3:22,23. 

 

Men are not justified by works of the law, or any other kind of works, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, Gal. 2:16. Paul writes in verse 20, that he lives his life “by the faith of the son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”. Paul found justification not by his works, but by the faith of the Son. Our churches today are filled with “works” oriented Christianity. “I gave, I attended, I visited, I studied”. These are all good works, but they are a result of being made righteousness by the faith of Jesus, and not a means to self-righteousness. All have sinned and fallen short, regardless of their good works.

 

Phil. 3:9,10 the Apostle says he has no righteousness of his own, “which is of the (works) of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith, that I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection”. All that can be added is Amen.

 

Bob        (all quoted scriptures are form the KJV)

 

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