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FAITH, Defining it.

What is it? Why do we need it?

Faith is: believing, confidence, assurance, reliance, trust. The opposite of faith is unbelief, doubt, distrust. Faith simply persuades or convinces our mind that something is true.
The primary idea of faith is trust. If we can be sure a thing is true, we then know it is worthy of our trust. We can be assured of faith, because of the evidence on which it rests. Faith is the result of teaching (Rom.10:14-17). Agreeing to the Truth is the basis of faith, and our agreement to any revealed Truth rests on the truthfulness of God. Saving faith is so called because it has eternal life connected with it. It could be defined as faith in Christ Jesus where we receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation. This is how He is offered to us in the Gospel. Saving faith is revealed to us in the awesome Word of God. Faith accepts and believes that the Bible is the absolute Truth.

Faith is a special act which unites us to Christ, and it has as its object the Person and the Work of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 7:38; Acts 16:31). This is the specific act of faith by which we sinners, are justified before God (Rom.3:22, 25; 5:1; Gal. 2:16; Phil. 3:9; John 3:16-36; Acts 10:43; 16:31). In this act of faith, believers rest on Christ alone as Mediator in all His offices. This trust and belief in the Truth will always produce a deep sense of guilt for our sin, a clear view of Christ, an approving will, and a loving heart that trusts and rests in Christ alone. It is in this state of mind which poor sinners, conscious of our sin, flees from our guilty self to Christ our Saviour, and lays the burden of all his our upon Him. It embraces with complete reliance and trust the one and only Saviour whom God reveals. This trust and reliance is the basic nature of our faith. By faith the believer directly and immediately claims Christ as his own. This direct act of faith is what makes Christ ours. Faith is not a work which God graciously accepts instead of perfect obedience, but faith is the hand by which we eagerly take hold of the Person and Work of our Redeemer, knowing He is the only ground of our salvation. Saving faith is a moral act, proceeding from a renewed will, and this renewed will is necessary to agreeing to the Truth of God (1 Cor. 2:14; 2 Cor. 4:4). Because of this, faith has a place in the moral part of our nature just as much as in our mind. But, our mind must first be enlightened by divine teaching (John 6:44; Acts 13:48; 2 Cor. 4:6; Ephes. 1:17-18) before it can discern (know or understand) the things of the Spirit. Faith is necessary for our salvation (Mark 16:16), not because there is any merit in it, but because it is the sinner willingly taking the place given to him by God. He/she agrees with the will of God, and what God has in mind for us.

Faith is guaranted by God’s divine testimony, the simple fact that if He says something, it shall come to pass. Faith rests on “Thus saith the Lord.” But in order for our faith to endure, the honesty and truth of God must be owned and appreciated, together with knowing He cannot change. (Ps.33:11; 102:27; Mal.3:6; Heb.1:12; 13:8; Jam.1:17). God’s Word encourages and gives boldness to sinners to personally accept Christ as God’s Gift, to embrace Him, give himself to Christ, and take Christ as his own. It is God, in His Word, who has revealed Himself in His works, and especially in the cross. We must believe God for His Word’s sake, but also for His Name’s sake, for He never lies (Titus 1:2). Faith in Christ secures much for the believer; freedom from condemnation, or justification before God (Rom.3:24; 5:1,9); participation in the life that is in Christ, the divine life (John 14:19; Romans 6:4-10; Ephes. 4:15-16); “peace with God” (Rom.5:1); and sanctification (Acts 15:9; 26:18; Gal.5:6). Any and all who truly trust and believe in Christ will certainly be saved (John 6:37,40; 10:27-28; Rom.8:1). Faith = the Gospel (Acts 6:7; Rom.1:5; Gal.1:23; 1 Tim. 3:9; Jude 1:3).

Faith is a firm conviction that allows us to fully admit to God’s Truth; it is a belief and hope in God and His Word in that we gladly respond to the message of salvation (John 1:12). Faith is being certain that what you hope for shall transpire, even though you can’t see it or understand it (Hebrews 11:1-40).

John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV)

Many Christians who know what faith is, have a hard time trying to define or explain it. Even though faith is a simple thing, it is quite difficult to define, explain, preach, teach or write about. Faith is extremely important in the life of a Christian. Faith decides where we will spend eternity. Our soul should tremble before our living God. Our soul should praise and thank God for making salvation available to "whosoever" by faith.

I will attempt (with the Lord’s help) to define faith in this article. I will simply say what it means to me.

To WHAT does faith look?

What is the object of my faith? There is only one answer! And that Answer is Christ Jesus. Jesus is the Object of my hope, my belief and my confidence. The Bible tells me I am to believe. Millions today make the mistake and think they are to believe on God the Father. We, as sinners, cannot come to the Father EXCEPT by His only begotten Son. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)

We, as sinners, are enemies of God. Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (KJV) Col. 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled: (KJV)

Only faith in the precious Blood of Jesus can justify us in God the Father’s sight. Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV) Only faith in Jesus can make us God’s friend.

1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; [19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (KJV)

Believing on God the Father will NOT save you. You must believe (have faith) in His precious Son. 1 John 5:10-12 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. [11] And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (KJV)

Too, many people make the mistake of placing too much emphasis on the Holy Spirit. Many think you must have a certain ‘feeling’ before you can be saved. They think if they have feelings, their faith is strong, but if that feeling leaves them, their faith is weak. All three Persons of the Godhead have a part in salvation, YES! God the Father planned our salvation (Eph.1:4-6). God the Son paid for our salvation (Eph.1:7-12). And God the Holy Spirit seals us and applies salvation to us (Eph.1:13-14). But, it is God the Son, Jesus, in whom we must believe and have faith initially. For God’s mercy of justification and complete pardon, faith in Christ Jesus is a sinner’s only hope. One job of the Holy Spirit is to lead us to Christ, NOT to Himself or the Father. We should look to Christ as God, seeing Him as "very God of peace" (1 Thes.5:23). We must humble ourselves before Him and accept Him into our heart and life. If we refuse to do this, we have no part with Him (John 13:8).

When we believe that Jesus is God, then we must believe He is Man. We must believe what the Bible tells us of His incarnation (Isa.7:14; 9:6; Mat.1:20-23; John 1:14; 2 Cor. 8:9; Phil. 2:5-7). We must believe in faith the mystery of the divine, eternal God (John 1:1-3) being concealed in this awesome, amazing Man. This God who was King of Heaven became a humble Servant and Son of Man. As Man, Jesus kept the entire Law perfectly and obeyed His Father completely. There is NO way any of us could ever keep the Law. We must believe in faith that His obedience and righteousness stands in the place of our obedience and righteousness.

Our Faith must see Jesus as the Lamb of God, dumb before His shearers. Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. [KJV] John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. [KJV] John 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! [KJV] 

Our faith must see Him as He knelt praying in agony in Gethsemane. Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (KJV)

Our faith must see Jesus rising from the dead and ascending up to Heaven. Our faith must see Him sitting at the right Hand of God, as our Advocate, pleading our case. Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. [KJV] Acts 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. [KJV] Acts 7:55-56 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, [56] And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. [KJV] Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. [KJV] Col. 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. [KJV]
Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; [KJV] 1 Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. [KJV]
1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: [KJV]

Jesus, the Son of God, is God and Man. He lived, He died on the cross, He rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven where now He sits at the Father’s throne. He and He alone is the Object of our faith. He alone can give us access to God the Father. He alone can give us His Spirit to abide with us forever. He alone can justify us in the sight of God the Father. Jesus is the Object of our faith. John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [KJV] 2 John 1:2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. [KJV]

Our faith must not trust in anything else other than Jesus, and Jesus alone. He is the Cornerstone of our hope and confidence. To believe and place trust in anything additional is absolute rebellion against the absolute sovereignty of the Lord Jesus. Do NOT listen to false teachers who say you must "do" something! Jesus paid it all. We do NOT need to do any works and we do NOT have to participate in any sacraments. Your faith in Jesus, that alone saves you!

Our faith must see Jesus as our Substitute. The word "substitute" is not in the Bible. But the Bible clearly teaches the doctrine of substitution. God is righteous and holy and just. He must punish sin. And we all are sinners. We all deserve punishment for willing disobedience to God. But, God is also merciful. He will pardon all those who believe (have faith) in His Son, Jesus. Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: [KJV] Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [KJV] 1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. [KJV]

How can a Holy God receive sinners without violating His righteousness and justice? The answer comes from the Book of Exodus. Exodus 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. (KJV) Very clear! When I see the blood, I will pass over you. When we are washed in the Blood of Jesus, we are cleansed of our sin. 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. [KJV] When the Father looks down and sees the Blood of His precious Son, He will NOT turn His back on us! When Jesus was on the cross, the sins of the world were placed on Him. Our sins were imputed to Him. He took our punishment! When we believe on Him in faith, God declares us not guilty in the courts of Heaven. Justified (just as if we’d never sinned) by the Blood of Jesus. Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: [KJV]

When our faith sees Jesus as our Substitute, and we trust Him completely, we are delivered from the curse of the Law. Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. [KJV] Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: [KJV]

Some still may have doubts . . . "I would be saved if . . ." IF what? IF you had done this, or that?? Or not done that. IF you had a certain feeling?? You are guilty in the sight of God without Jesus. You are God’s enemy without Jesus. You cannot have trust or confidence in anything other than Jesus! Confidence in yourself will get you only to an eternal Hell! When God’s Law condemns you, when sin masters you, you then must admit you are a sinner and need help to save you. As a sinner, trusting Christ is a daring feat indeed. But consider this: faith knocked down the walls of Jericho, faith raised the dead, faith shut the lion’s mouths, faith kept alive the three young men in the fiery furnace, etc.

Faith in Jesus alone can save your soul. The work of Jesus on the cross must be your only hope, your only confidence. Faith in Jesus, and Jesus alone, can save your soul.

Faith in Him as your Substitute, your Saviour, your Redeemer, your Advocate, and your Lord is the answer to all sinners.

WHY do we believe? WHERE does faith come from?

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (KJV) Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. But, there are thousands upon thousands who go to church and "hear" God’s Word. WHY is it that so many refuse to believe it, and keep rejecting the atoning work of Jesus? They hear, the same as the person sitting next to them. Yet, they don’t believe, but the one next to them believes in faith and accepts Christ.

Anyone who believes in faith senses a deep need in themselves that they can’t seem to fill. I believe that every person has a God-shaped hole (or void) within them, that can only be filled with Jesus! They sense they are sinners, and they feel they need a Saviour. Because they cannot save themselves, they turn to Jesus in faith. They have this sense of doom within that unless they accept Jesus, they will perish. Where does this deep need come from? Why do they feel they are sinners and have a desperate need for a Saviour? This is the work of the Holy Spirit.

John 6:44 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. (KJV) . . . The Father draws people by the Holy Spirit working in their heart.

John 16:8-9 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: [9] Of sin, because they believe not on me; (KJV) . . . It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convince people of their sin, of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is unbelief in Jesus.

Salvation only by Christ is ridiculed by most people in the world today. It does NOT agree with their worldly thoughts (carnal minds). No one would ever take Christ to be their all in all (Eph.1:23) if the Holy Spirit didn’t convince us we are nothing but vile sinners doomed for Hell, and empower us to trust in Jesus.

But, WHY does the Holy Spirit succeed in convincing some people and with others, He fails? WHY are some driven to Jesus by this deep rooted need for Him, while most stay on in their self-righteousness path and perish? The only answer is God’s sovereignty.

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. (KJV)

John 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. (KJV)

John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (KJV)

If any person refuses to listen to the Holy Spirit, refuses to come to Jesus in faith, it is simply proof they were never given to Him (Eph.1:4-5). No person ever did or ever will come to Jesus unless they feel this desperate need for Him. The reason why we have faith in Christ is God’s electing love working through the Spirit telling us we need Christ to save us.

Faith, the ground on which we stand.

I have already stated that NO person will believe in Jesus unless the Holy Spirit urges (convicts) him/her that they have this need for Him. It really isn’t so much as ‘feeling’ a need for Him, but 'having' a desperate, deep down need for Him. It is like you have not eaten in several days, you have a need for food.

You must come to Christ as a sinner, bringing nothing but your sin. When you humble yourself at the foot of His cross, you are in effect saying to Him "Lord Jesus, I admit You are right and I am wrong. I have sinned against You." You do not come to Christ because you "feel" certain things, you come to Him because you finally realize you are a sinner.

Nothing in my hands I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling, I to Thy fountain fly, Wash me Saviour, or I die.

1 Tim. 1:15This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (KJV)

Faith is getting out of self and into Christ. It is not a soft heart that allows you to believe. Your heart may be as hard as a stone until you come to Christ. It is when you believe in faith that Christ will renew your hard heart. Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. (KJV)

A sinner comes to Christ because he/she is lost, black with sin, spiritually dead and knows they are headed the wrong way. They have a need for Christ. Please remember the following: John 6:37-B . . . him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (KJV)

There is only one place where we can go to be washed clean of our blackness, our filth.

1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; [19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (KJV)

Go to Jesus this day in faith, with nothing in your hand. Go as the sinner you are.

Just as I am without one plea,
But that Thy Blood was shed for me.
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Why do we trust in Christ?

Is it unwise to trust Christ to save us when we can offer Him nothing except our horrid sins? Is it not an overconfident hope for us to trust Christ? NO! It is actually pleasing to God for us to abandon our sins and believe in the wondrous power of the Blood of Jesus. What is the warrant of our belief in Christ? The Word of Christ is our warrant. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved (Acts 16:31).

1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV)

So, the Gospel tells us it is a commanded duty as well as a privilege.

Mark 16:16-B . . . he that believeth not shall be damned.(KJV) Damned = condemned to Hell!

Because it is a commanded duty, we all have a RIGHT to believe in Christ, no matter who we are. The Gospel is for everyone! I cannot be wrong or take things for granted if I am commanded to believe. John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (KJV) We may believe on Christ because Christ tells us to do so. That is sure ground on which we can stand. We need not look to our feelings, nor to our good works, nor to ritualistic sacraments that do no good whatsoever. We need to look to Christ when we have the need of Him, for He can and will wash us and make us clean. Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (KJV) The stain of sin seems permanent, but God can remove sin’s stain from our lives as He promised to do for the Israelites. God’s Word tells us that if we have faith in Christ, He will forgive and remove our sins.

He that believeth not shall be damned. Sinners CANNOT be lost or condemned to Hell by trusting Christ. BUT, you will be lost (damned) if you do not trust in Him. Sinner, hear this warning: you may come to Christ, but please do not defy God by refusing to come. Don’t allow your pride to reject the Spirit’s gentle urging and then perish in your sins. One day when you stand before the gates of Hell, do not blame God or Christ, for it was your decision to refuse to come to Christ. There is absolutely nothing in God’s Word to keep you from coming to Christ; but there are multiple threatenings from God to drive you to Christ.

1 John 1:7-B. . . the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (KJV)

Heb.7:25-A. . . Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, (KJV)

Rev. 22:17-B . . . And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (KJV)

No matter what you may have done in the past; unbelief, drunkard, blasphemer, lasciviousness, immorality, liar, profane, robbery, murder, etc. This just proves you are a sinner. Trust Him today!

The bigger the sinner, the more honor and glory to Christ. Though your sins be as scarlet, Christ’s Blood is more scarlet and can overcome those sins! Even though your sins abound, Christ’s grace abounds much more. When God saves you, it is NOT because of anything in you or anything you do or will do; it is because of something in God . . . His amazing grace! His abounding love for you is the reason He pardons you when you have faith in His Son, Jesus. It is nothing you do!

The result of faith.

John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV)

It does not matter how long you have been in sin; 10, 30, 50, 70, 90 years . . . once you believe on Him, your sins, which are many are ALL forgiven! All the years of living in darkness (sin) and being under the control of the devil, are behind you. Will you sin in the future? Oh my yes! You certainly will. You still have within you your old carnal nature. But now when you sin, you hate it, you dread it terribly, where before, you didn’t care at all. Now when you sin, you can go to the Father in Jesus’ Name and ask forgiveness.

1 John 1:7-9But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. [8] If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (KJV) When we have faith in Christ, we become God’s child.

John 1:12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (KJV) And if we are living in the light of God’s Presence, just as Christ is, we have fellowship with each other, and the Blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from every sin. When we sin (and we will), we must confess our sins to Him, and He will be faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong, because of our faith in Christ.

If our sins have been removed from us, they cannot still be with us.

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. (KJV)

Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. (KJV)

Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. (KJV) Our sins are forgotten in God’s memory because of our faith in His Son, Jesus.

1 John 2:12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.(KJV) Our sins are forgiven because we have faith in Christ’s Name.

Once we believe in faith, we are no more a sinner in God’s sight. Oh! how wonderful this is! God forgives us completely, totally! We are no more as we once were. When we believe, we are "in Christ" (Rom.3:24; 1 Cor.1:2, 30; 15:22).

2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (KJV)

When we believe, we are accepted by God the Father, just as His eternal Son is accepted by Him. Do we deserve this? NO! We do not. It is only by the grace of God this happens. When we believe, we are transformed into a new creature. We are washed in the precious Blood of Jesus. We had been black, black as Hell . . . but when the first drop of Jesus’ precious Blood was applied to us, we became white as snow!

We are unworthy and unclean on our own. Only the righteousness of Christ that is applied to us by God the Father when we believe in faith, makes us worthy and clean in God’s sight.

1 Cor. 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (KJV) God alone made it possible for us to be in Christ Jesus (in union with Christ). Christ is the one who made us acceptable to God. God applied the righteousness of Christ to all who believe. He alone can make us pure and holy in God’s sight. Jesus gave Himself on the cross to purchase our freedom.

God is the source of and the reason for our personal and living relationship with Christ. When faith unites us with Jesus, this union with Christ results in our having God’s wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3), possessing right standing with God (righteousness, 2 Cor. 5:21), being holy (1 Thes. 4:3-7), and having the penalty for our sins paid by Jesus (redemption, Mark 10:45). Thank You Jesus!

In Him (Jesus) all fullness dwells.

Col. 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; (KJV) Christ is fully human; He is also fully divine. Christ has always been God and always will be God. When we have Christ, we have ALL of God in human form.

We are completely blameless by the grace of God when we have faith in Jesus. Sin's horrid curse and penalty are taken away from us, NOT because of anything we have done . . . but because of what Christ has done for us. Let us find rest and comfort in the fact that JESUS is our Substitute and Sacrifice in which God the Father is well pleased. He suffered the penalty and wrath of God for us. I pray you believe this and come to Him in faith.

Abundant blessings await if you do . . . damnation if you don’t.


James, the brother of Jesus, offers a large number of similarities to the Sermon on the Mount; more than any other book in the New Testament. James relied greatly on Jesus' teachings.

  • When your life is full of difficulties and persecutions, don’t get uptight, be glad. James 1:2; Mt.5:11-12
  • A reward awaits you. Jam.1:12; Mt.5:11-12
  • You are to be perfect, mature, and complete, not lacking anything. Jam. 1:4; Mt.5:48
  • Ask God, and He will answer. Jam. 1:5; 5:15; Mt.7:7-12
  • The humble (those who don’t amount to much by the world’s standards) should rejoice in their position because God loves them. Jam. 1:9; Mt.5:3
  • Guard your anger...it can be dangerous. Jam. 1:20; Mt.5:22
  • Be merciful to others, for God is merciful to you. Jam. 2:13; Mt.5:7; 6:14
  • Your faith must reveal itself; help others. Jam. 2:14-16; Mt.7:21-23
  • Blessed are the peacemakers; they sow in peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. Jam. 3:17-18; Mt.5:9
  • You cannot serve God and money, pleasures, or evil. Being friends with the world, is hating God. Jam. 4:4; Mt.6:24
  • When we humble ourselves and realize we NEED God, He will lift us up. Jam. 4:10; Mt.5:3-4
  • Don’t slander or speak evil of others; it goes against God’s command to love one another. Jam. 4:11; Mt.7:1-2
  • Treasures on earth will only rot and fade away, we must store up eternal treasures in Heaven. Jam. 5:2; Mt.6:19
  • Be patient in suffering, as God’s prophets were patient. Jam. 5:10; Mt.5:12
  • Always be honest. Say a simple "yes" or "no" and always be trusted. Jam. 5:12; Mt.5:33-37

What About Faith And Works?

When a person truly comes to Jesus Christ, this relationship will dramatically transform his or her life. If it doesn’t, there is great doubt as to whether the person is saved. This transformation happens differently; to some it can be seen immediately in the lives, while others it is a slower process, BUT, there definitely is a change! Those whose lives were characterized by obvious bad habits and blatant immoral living, the change in lifestyle will show others that something extreme has happened within that person’s life. For others who may not be known for outright sinful living, the change may not be as noticeable, but it is just as significant. Remember, ALL of us (Romans 3:10,23), were separated from God by sin, which was dealt with and atoned for at the cross of Jesus. Our conversion will show itself, both in fruit and works. The idea of "bearing fruit" is used often in Scripture to describe the results of someone’s commitment to Christ Jesus. If we do NOT bear fruit, it is evident we have NOT really come to know Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Bearing fruit is not an option. It is the natural result of a person being united with God. Sometimes there is confusion in this area of fruit bearing, or works. Only our faith can save us.

We can do NOTHING to gain our salvation . . . but, AFTER we are saved, IF we do not show some results of being saved (bearing fruit, good works, witnessing), it is highly unlikely that we are saved. Just as trust and obediebce go together, so do faith and works.

Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. [KJV] Only our faith justifies us (makes us right with God.

James 2:18 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. [KJV] Our works, our fruit, prove we are justified. We never work for salvation. We work for rewards at the judgment.

See: Judgment Seat

FAITH IN CHRIST: Isa.28:16; Mat.7:24-25; 8:2,13; 9:22,29; 11:6,28-30; 14:27; 15:28; 17:7; Mark 5:36; 9:23; 16:16; Luke 6:46-49; 7:9,50; 8:50; 17:6; 18:42; John 1:12; 3:14-16,18,36; 5:24; 6:20,29,35,45,47; 7:38; 9:35; 11:25-26,40; 12:36,44,46; 13:7; 13:20; 14:1,11-12; 16:27,33; 18:37; 20:27,29,31; Acts 3:16; 10:43; 15:9,11; 16:31; 20:21; 26:18; Rom.3:22-28; 9:33; 10:4,9; Gal.2:16; 3:1-29; 5:6; Eph.1:12-14; 3:12; . 3:17; 4:13; Phil. 3:9; Col. 2:7; 1 Tim. 1:16; 2 Tim. 1:13; 2:1; 3:15; Heb.4:16; 6:19; 10:22; 12:2; 13:7; 1 Pet.1:8; 2:6-7; 2 Pet.1:1; 1 Jn.3:23; 5:4-5; 5:10; 5:13-14; Jude 1:21; Rev. 1:17; 3:18; 3:20.

Faith Illustrated. Mat.8:2; 8:5-10; 9:18; 9:21; 9:28; 14:33; 15:26-28; 16:16; Mark 5:28; 7:27-30; 9:24; Luke 5:5; 7:3-9; 8:48; 23:42; John 4:29; 4:42; 6:14; 6:68-69; 7:31; 9:38; 10:41-42; 11:21-22; 11:27; J11:32; 16:30; 20:28; Acts 8:37; 11:17; Rom.7:24-25; 8:35; 8:37; 2 Cor. 12:9-10; Gal.2:20; Phil. 4:13; 1 Tim. 1:14; 2 Tim. 1:12; 4:18.

FAITH IN THE TRUE GOD. The benefits. Ex.20:3-6; De.5:7-10; 6:4-15; Je.17:7-8; Mt.16:24-27; Mk.9:23; Lu.12:8; Jn.3:16, 36; 5:24; 12:46; 14:1-4,12-14; 17:3; 20:24-31; Acts 10:43; 16:31; Rom.4:3-8; 10:9-13; Gal.3:6-9,13-14; Heb.11:1-12:3; 1 Pet.1:3-9;
1 Jn.2:24-25; Rev.7:9,13-17; 21:1-7; 22:1-5,12-14.

FAITH, Trial of. 1 Chron. 29:17; Ps.26:2; 81:7; Mat.13:19-22; 24:21-25; Lu.8:13-14; 2 Thes. 1:3-5; Heb.6:13-15; Jam.1:3; 1:12; 1 Pet.1:7.

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