FAITH THAT WORKS
                                                       November 2, 2008

  
The faith that the Bible talks about is important to understand because it indicates the fact that

all people are dependent upon it as the avenue of access to God. Lost sinners who are convicted

of their need must exercise faith in God as the One ready to pardon them, if they are to be

saved. Colossians 2:6 teaches us that as saved, born again saints, we must continue to "walk"

in the faith that we received at conversion in order to please our Lord.

 

                                                   DEFINITION OF FAITH

 

   Hebrews 11:1  Often times attempts to define what faith actually is only tend to distort and

obscure the biblical meaning of the word. The Bible itself has its own definition as to what faith

really is. Hebrews tells us that "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things

not seen". One may ask, "what substance, what evidence?" How about the following:

   Substance hoped for: Christ, forgiveness, the church, rest, peace, the rapture, heaven, New

Jerusalem, the Millennium Kingdom, eternity.

   Evidence of things not seen: Hebrews:11 heroes of the faith, our Christian walk, the early

church, Spiritual fruit, Spirit filled changed lives, Israel, Bible prophesy, millions of Christian martyrs.

 

                                              THE NECESSITY OF FAITH

 

   Hebrews 3:19; 11:6; Psalms 78:21-22  The Scriptures are quite plain regarding the need

of faith toward God.

   John 3:36; Mathew 13:58  Faith is absolutely essential to salvation.

   Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5  Saving faith relies entirely upon Christ and not good works by us.

   Acts 10:43; Galatians 2:16  Faith in God delivers us from sin and by it we are justified.

 

                                                  THE SOURCE OF FAITH

 

   Ephesians 2:8; Galatians 2:20; Romans 12:1-3; John 6:57  Faith comes to us as the gift of

God, not earned in any way. It is a faith that is toward God, seeing that it comes from God.

   Ephesians 3:17-19  This faith from God allows us to begin to comprehend the enormity of

Christ's love for us.

   Galatians 5:22  The Spirit of God imparts this faith to us as one of His fruits.

   I Corinthians 2:1-5; Acts 27:20-25; Romans 4:17-24  Faith toward God is the anchor that

sustains the weary soul from the trials and fears of this life.

   Mark 9:24; Luke 17:5-6  Our Lord is always ready to respond in a positive way when our

prayer for increased faith is made toward the appropriate source.

 

                                                   THE POWER OF FAITH

 

   Mark 9:23; Acts 3:16; Hebrews 11:30  Faith helps make us more than conquerors.

   II Corinthians 4:10-14  Faith will provide us with power to witness for Jesus Christ.

   Titus 3:8  Faith will result in our good works for God.

   Luke 1:45; Hebrews 6:12  Faith enables us to inherit the promises of God.

   Romans 4:20; Hebrews 11:8-17  Nowhere in the Bible is the power of faith illustrated better

than in the life of Abraham. His faith in God culminated in the greatest act of faith ever recorded.

 

                                     THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF FAITH

 

   Mark 4:40  The Bible clearly teaches that there are degrees of faith as in "no faith". Matthew

8:26 speaks of "little faith". Romans 14:1 talks of "weak faith". James 2:17 talks of "dead faith".

Luke 7:9 talks of "great faith". I Timothy 1:5 talks of "unfeigned faith". Galatians 3:11 tells us

that we are to "live by faith", and Hebrews 11:6 says without faith it is impossible to please God.