If asked, “Do you have faith in Christ?” how would you answer? Some of you would answer “yes”. Others might answer, “I’m not sure that I have any faith.” Still others would respond by saying, “Is it possible to know if one has faith in Christ? What is faith anyway?”
The question about faith in Christ is of the utmost importance because the Bible says that, “Nor is their salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” [Acts 4:12. The Living Bible]. God has appointed one man, the man Christ Jesus in who we must be saved. There is no other name or revelation that God has given mankind that will save us from the judgment to come or give life full meaning.
Gabriel, the Angel of the Annunciation, told the Virgin Mary that the child to be conceived in her womb by the Holy Spirit was to be called Jesus, which means -- “God is Help,” or more succinctly, “Captain of our Salvation.” [Patriots and Prophets pg.251] Jesus is the beginning and the end of our salvation. He is, in himself, the guarantee that we shall be saved if we believe in Him. “That if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.” [Romans 10:9. The Contemporary English Bible].
What does it mean to have faith or believe? That’s a question that many have wrestled with.
The word “believe” in today’s language has changed and does not fully convey its full meaning of “trust” as it did a century or two ago. To “believe” actually means “to commit oneself to,” “to trust,” “cling to,” or “rely on.” [Roget’s The New Thesaurus] Today, in this latter part of the 20th century, you may “believe” something to be true, but not n...
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... as dangers along the way – and sometimes both happen at the same time. We remain on the road until our life’s end. We never get there until we get there. Like life itself, faith is a journey.
This is that time of year commonly called "graduation." We honored our graduates this morning. But if you look at those invitations coming to your house (or going out from it) and read them carefully, you will likely read that the event is a "commencement", not a graduation. Not the END of the line, but the BEGINNING.
So also faith is not the end, as much as it is a goal, not a destination, as much as it is the journey itself. Faith is not so much something you HAVE, as faith is the way you LIVE. And the question for us is are we going to live through faith, or live in NON faith. The grace that brings you to faith is God’s. And the response that brings you to faith is yours.
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