By: Larry SitzKedron Church of Christ
June 1, 2012
Exactly what is faith, how many faiths are there, and why should we have faith? Let’s go to the bible for answers. The book of Hebrews, 11:1, tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Ephesians 4:5, says there is but one faith. Hebrews 11:6, tells us it is impossible to please God without faith. By the scriptures we learn that faith is an all important part of our relationship with God. Jesus once told his disciples that they had little faith (Matt. 8:26). In another instance he told a woman that her faith was great (Matt 15:28). So we must deduct that there can be degrees of faith.
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith (Heb 11:7). Not only did Noah believe what God told him, he acted on that faith and did as he was told and was saved. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days (Heb 11:30). We can have all the faith in the world but if we do not act on that faith, it is worthless. Our faith will not save us unless we keep God’s commandments, and simply do what he says.
Faith is repeatedly referred to in the scriptures as, “the faith.” Jude tells us to earnestly contend for the faith, that was once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). God gave us this one faith and he has never authorized another. God insist that we accept the one he delivered. The apostle Paul exhorts the saints to continue in the faith (Acts 14:22). Just as God does not give us a choice of Lords, churches, baptisms, spirits, or hopes, he does not offer us a choice of faiths (Eph. 4:4-6). The spirit warned that some shall depart from the faith (I Tim. 4:1). So many different faiths have been promoted by, so called religious teachers, that the one faith has been ignored and all but forgotten by many. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:17). We can be sure the one faith is, when we unequivocally accept the word of God as truth and act on that truth . One must accept and have faith in Christ to be saved, but believing only, is not enough. James tells us that even the demons believe and tremble (James 2:19). If we have the faith that saves we will simply trust and obey what God says. One cannot be saved without faith, but one cannot be saved by faith alone. James 2:24- 26, tells us that a man is justified by works and not by faith only. By the same token, we cannot be saved by works alone. Our works show and make perfect our faith (James 2:18,22). Therefor we must have the faith that trusts and obeys the Lord’s commandments in order to be saved. May we all strive to abound in both faith and works.
We invite all who would, to come together with us to study God’s word and worship him in spirit and in truth. We are the Church of Christ, Kedron congregation on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, KY. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at10:00, Worship at 11:00 each Sunday morning. Speaker, brother Rodney Sitz, song leader, brother Prentice White. If you have questions please call, 270-657-2455 or 270-755-2005.