August 17, 2003


Volume 13 - Number 34     

The Christian's Faith

Read: Hebrews 11:1-40

Faith has an important bearing upon conduct. What does faith accomplish? Faith endures, suffers, triumphs.
In Hebrews 11 - Abel is the first person mentioned and the prophets the last, denoting a long period. Each age had its faithful ones. The patriarchal age, the time of the judges and the kingdom of Israel are recalled.

The TWO MOST PROMINENT EXAMPLES stood at great crises in the history of God's people. About one-third of this chapter is devoted to Abraham and Moses. We see Abraham's call, his faith, his obedience, his success. We see how his faith manifested itself. Many other references in the New Testament address his faith. We see Moses' preservation from death, his faith, his choice, his preparation for service, his work.

The OTHER EXAMPLES: Before the flood were Abel, Enoch, Noah. Between Abraham and Moses were Isaac, Jacob, Joseph. After Moses were Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, Samuel, David. The unnamed ones would make a long list.

WHAT IS FAITH?

"Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen."

Faith is the source of all spiritual achievement. "Whosoever believeth" (John 3:16). We are "sanctified by faith" (Acts 26:18). "This is the victory .... even our faith" (1 John 5:4). "Kept .... through faith" (1 Peter 1:5). Faith is the laying hold of the future in the midst of the present; of the unseen in the midst of the Seen. It is the title by which we keep our place as Christians. It is the inward working which has its fruit in good works. It is the hand by which we lay hold on Christ. Faith is to sight and reason what the telescope is to the naked eye.

Faith is associated with: hope (v. 1); with righteousness (v. 4); with holiness (v. 5); with diligence (v. 7); with trial (v. 17); and with conflict (vs. 32-37). Faith is declared to be the foundation and strength of Christian character. Faith is the source of all truly religious feeling and the ground of all acceptable service. Faith is a condition of justification; it is the source of spiritual life. It puts us in possession of every Christian privilege. It is of greatest importance to every Christian life, for it is the first stepping stone at the entrance into Christian life.

"Faith is a living power from heaven,
Which grasps the promise God has given;
Securely fixed on Christ alone,
A trust that cannot be o'erthrown."

WHAT DOES FAITH DO?

Faith makes men masters of their circumstances. Faith has many workings, many results, many fruits. Christ crucified for us forms the great foundation of faith under the Christian dispensation. Faith brings man into fellowship with God. Faith looks into the whole plan of creation alike, in respect to the invisible and the visible. Faith brings the distant near, and makes the spiritual the most real. Faith alters the tenses and puts the future into the present.

"Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer though they die.
They see their triumph from afar;
By faith they bring it nigh."

Faith triumphs over outward affliction and over inward assaults. It shows its power not only in that which it accomplishes, overthrows and attains, but also in that which it sustains, endures and sacrifices. Time and space, uncertainty and doubt, disappear to the eye of faith. Men who see the invisible estimate more correctly the things temporal and the things eternal.

"Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees,
And looks to that alone;
Laughs at impossibilities,'
And cries, 'It shall be done."'

WHAT DOES FAITH EMBRACE?

Faith is the living principle of Christian conduct. We walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). We stand by faith (2 Corinthians 1:24). We fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12). We resist the devil by faith (1 Peter 5:9). We overcome the world by faith (1 John 5:4).

Faith is the great spring and channel of the believer's life. It is the means of spiritual power. Hence we read of: the life of faith (Galatians 2:20); the prayer of faith (James 5:15); the obedience of faith (Romans 16:16); the hearing of faith (Galatians 3:2); the work of faith (2 Thessalonians 1:11); the household of faith (Galatians 6:10); the unity of faith (Ephesians 4:3); the profession of faith (Hebrews 10:23); the righteousness of faith (Romans 4:11); the full assurance of faith (Hebrews 10:22).
Faith embraces willing obedience and unwavering trust in all the plans and purposes of God. A fundamental condition of faith is an unquestioning confidence in God's promises.

We have the same Being in whom to trust as had these heroes of faith. The rewards of faith are as great today as ever. The faith mentioned in the lesson is a living faith. We are pleasing to God in proportion to the amount of true faith we possess. With these illustrious examples of faith we ought to be spiritual giants.


AM SERMON:
"Refuse Not Him That Speaketh"
Hebrews 12:25
PM SERMON:
"Passing on a Heritage of Faith"
Exodus 1-2:9

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  • August 31: 5th Sunday Contribution for Building Program
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