What is Biblical, Saving Faith?


You are to share His faith!


Do you have Biblical, saving faith?

If your life is filled with fear, failure, emptiness, lack of meaning, loneliness, sinning, boredom, a so what attitude, selfishness, a lack of change, stagnation, or stunted growth, you are demonstrating unbelief.

At minimum, your relationship with God is lacking. Or, you may not even be saved.

Why is this true?

Because, faith answers the above deficits.

Faith overcomes.

If however you succumb, you are not seeing your relationship with God!

 

Being free in Christ means living as He intended. However, most of us have not progressed as we had hoped. Why?

The original cause is that our relationship with God was not fully taught us.

Since most of our relationships with God are not what they’re supposed to be, faith languishes, because it was not established through Christ Himself.

Faith wasn’t clearly defined.

 

What we were taught was insufficient.

We got little help when faith was described as persuasion, conviction, reliance, constancy, assurance, belief, faith, and fidelity.

Sounds like a circular argument, doesn’t it? Faith is, well, … faith.

And, we’re not to have faith in faith!

The above abstract list of nouns does not nor cannot save you, because they have to be connected to God.

Nor does simply believing in true statements save you.

 

You cannot have Biblical, saving faith until you have been introduced to a real Person – to Jesus Christ!

Whether you are saved depends on whether He says He knows you:

“(22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name cast out devils? And in your name done many wonderful works? (23) And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you who work iniquity.” Matthew 7:22-23

On what basis does the Lord Jesus say He does or does not know you?

If you cannot answer Him, your salvation may be in doubt. Faith is not a gamble based on percentages. Faith is whether He knows you. If He does, then you know Him also.

 

Here is the path of faith.

God gave you a measure of faith that enabled you to respond to Him.

“… God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3

You came to believe that He exists, that He rose from the grave and proved that He could forgive you your sins, save you, and overcome death. He proved to you that He is God.

He courted you and asked you to marry Him.

In effect, He said, “I love you! I want you to belong to Me! I want you to be in My family and be with Me forever! I want you to know My forgiveness and our new life together! Will you accept My offer and receive Me?”

You honored Him by saying yes to receiving Him and voluntarily giving yourself to Him.

“To as many as received Him, He gave power to become the children of God, even to them who believe on His name:” (John 1:12)

You believed Him and confessed Him and received Him. You exhibited Biblical, saving faith.

 

You are no longer just you. You no longer own yourself.

God’s Son Jesus Christ came to live in you in your spirit!

“It pleased God … to reveal His Son in me.” Galatians 1:15-16

“Those who joined themselves to the Lord are one spirit.” 1 Corinthians 6:17

Your relationship is a very real, moment-to-moment experience that you must hold onto.

And, you do hold on, because you depend on Him to do the holding.

 

Once He is in your life, everything starts changing, because He is Life from the dead.

“Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he who believes in Me, though he was dead, yet shall he live:” (John 11:25)

“And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He Who raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit Who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11)

 

The final faith issue connects your faith to His faith:

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; no, it is not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the Son of God’s faith, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20 [In the Greek, faith is singular, masculine, genitive, which is possession – we share His faith, the faith of the Son. This verse should not be mistakenly translated as “faith in Him.” Though He is the object of our faith, that is not what Paul is stating in this verse.]

You might ask, “You mean, He doesn’t expect me, on my own, to be able to demonstrate faith?”

No.

Nor, on your own, will you demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, or self-control. For, “apart from Me, you can do nothing. (John 15:5)”

What a relief!

He designed you for Him – to be one with Him.

“The one who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” 1 Corinthians 6:17

“… [the body is] for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.” 1 Corinthians 6:13

You are no longer just you – you are not alone!

God’s new creation is He and you together. And you are to share His faith with Him.

 

You overcome because He does.

You love because He loves.

You are self-controlled because He Is [He is the  ‘I Am the self-controlled One.’].

Faith is ultimately an expression of Him, and you solely depend on Him!

Essentially, He is asking, “Would you like to share Me believing [, loving, being patient, etc.]?”

You gladly answer, “Yes!”

 

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