Where is Your Faith?


Introduction

Many Christians today believe one should just step out in faith (take the leap) at the point of rejecting the Scriptural teachings on “reason.” It is hard to see integrity; many Christians have in pushing faith as a “blind leap.” This article will try to show that faith is “concrete,” and rests upon the person of Jesus Christ, and God’s grace, and teaching us that faith is an intellectual decision, not an illogical “leap.” Because of God’s grace one now comes to the reality he or she is a sinner needing a savior as God opens the eyes of the individual.

Faith

Spiritual truth, opened to believers if they take the time to read and meditate on God’s Word.

Isaiah 1:18, says,

18 Come now, and let us reason together, Says the LORD, though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as snow; Though they are red as crimson, they will be as wool. (NASB)

Sin corrupted our spiritual nature, yes, but through God’s grace, He came to us first, not we to Him. The Lord is now saying through this grace given to us, we must now use the awakened reasoning power He gave us to see the sin that hinders our relationship with Him. From, this awakening and seeing sin for what it has done the Lord now says He will make us as whiter than snow. Therefore, this reasoning with the Lord shows He is as real as you or me. Therefore, to reason with someone, there must be two parties existing.

John Wesley coined the phrase, “prevenient grace,” referring to God coming to the unconverted sinner before salvation.

The God of creation understood man never could accept Him without first knowing he or she is a sinner by His prevenient grace. Therefore, God wants to reason with us to show us we are sinners.

Faith Where Does It Come From?

Romans 10:17, says,

17 So faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of Christ. (NASB)

Receive faith by reading God’s Word. Feasting at this banquet table, one finds that an individual builds their confidence on the trust one sees back to the beginning. As one takes this road to the beginning and examines the handy work of God, one can see that faith or trust or whatever one, so desires to call it, rests in a real being, the Lord Jesus Christ, not an abstraction or leap.

The Bible is the Word of God, so we must believe a real person spoke these words, not an idea. Therefore, the object of one’s faith rests in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no blind leap, never was there a jump. God came to the individual, now it is up to this person to decide what he or she does with this information.

Fellow Christian we are on the verge of a great spiritual battle, and if one does not know where their faith lies then that individual could be in serious trouble. The question is, is your faith in Jesus Christ or the leap?

A blind leap is into the Abyss of Despair, but faith in the Lord Jesus Christ a real person with promises in His Word will come to redeem His own.

 

Faith in Galatians

Here are two versions of Galatians 2:20 from the New American Standard Bible and the King James Version saying the same thing with one using “in” and the other using “by.”

Galatians 2:20, says,

20 I am crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. (NASB)

Galatians 2:20, says,

20 I am crucified with Christ: but, I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (KJV)

Looking at these two versions of Galatians 2:20 one can see that no matter which translation you used it is the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ, He gives us, and we give it back to Him because “Christ lives in me” therefore it is His faith, not mine. It is allowing this faith to blossom by believing Scripture. In the King James Version, “I live by the faith of the Son of God,” here it states it is the Lord Jesus Christ’s faith, not our faith we live by.

Remember the heart is “evil” according to Scripture; therefore, our faith MUST come from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Genesis 6:5, says,

5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was excessive on the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was evil. (NASB)

Therefore, where does one’s faith come from, the leap or the Lord Jesus?

Romans 10:17, says,

17 So faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of Christ. (NASB)

Philippians 4:13, says,

13 I can do everything through Him who strengthens me. (NASB)

Isaiah 1:18, says,

18 Come now, and let us reason together, Says the LORD, though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as snow; Though they are red as crimson, they will be as wool. (NASB)

Conclusion

Our sinful nature has corrupted our soul, but God’s grace is, He came to us first, not we to Him, the leap shows we made the first move. He said, “Come now, and let us reason together.” God opens the door, and now we must decide, either stay on the wrong side or run to the arms of God in repentance.

Whom do you put your faith and trust in, this jump or in the actual person of Jesus Christ?

In Romans 10:17, it says,

17 So faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of Christ. (NASB)

The Word of God is real, and it has stood the test of time and will remain for eternity.

In Isaiah 40:8, it says,

8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands for eternity. (NASB)

Again, I ask where do you put your faith and trust, in the leap of faith or a real person. My hope and confidence lie with the Creator God, and His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit who empowers me, not a blind leap of faith. Where is yours?

Sola Scriptura – By Scripture Alone

Sola Fide – By Faith Alone

Sola Gratia – By Grace Alone

Solus Christus – By Christ Alone

Soli Deo Gloria – Glory to God Alone

Copyright Dr. George L Gallant, ©2019

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About Dr. George Gallant

I have had the opportunity to work in many fields in my life, and excelled in all of them. I started as a mechanic in the Army then went to the Infantry in Vietnam. After returning to America, I worked as a mechanic for a few more years off and on until I found a position as a Dialysis Technician until I became a Chief specialist in a major Boston hospital. In 1981, I became a Police Office in a small town in Northeast Georgia and continued to work with law-enforcement for seven years. I also preached the Word of God in the Toccoa community and wished that I could have found a church that would have taken me on to preach every week. In 1993, I became a computer programmer for many years and loved that job much. In 2003, my wife came down with the worst breast cancer one could get, so I retired and took care of her until her passing in 2006. Then in 2007, I moved to China and started teaching both verbal English and American History to high-school students; this by far was the best job I ever had. Sola Scriptura– By Scripture alone Sola Fide– By Faith alone Sola Gratia– By Grace alone Solus Christus– By Christ alone Soli Deo Gloria– Glory to God alone
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