Put Faith to Work

  • Posted on: 19 January 2015
  • By: Jordan

1. “All of us… have strayed away.  We have left God’s paths to follow our own…” (Isa 53:6, NLT).  "All have turned away; …no one does good, not a single one” (Rom 3:12, NLT).  “Adam caused many to be sinners because he disobeyed God, [but] Christ caused many to be made acceptable to God because He obeyed” (Rom 5:19, TLB), "...being found in human form" (Philippians 2:7, CJB, NRSV).  "For it is from God alone that you have your life through Christ Jesus.  "He showed us God’s plan of salvation; {[which], "...in past generations... was not made known to mankind, as the Spirit is now revealing..." (Ephesians 3:4-5, CJB)}.  He was the one who made us acceptable to God.  He made us pure and holy and gave himself to purchase our salvation” (1 Cor 1:30, TLB).  "God put Yeshua forward as the kapparah—sacrifice for atonement, sacrifice that atones for our sins, the cover— for sin..." (Romans 3:25, CJB, KJV, NLT | 1 John 2:2, CJB, KJV, NLT).  "…It was the Lord’s good plan to… [make Christ’s] life… an offering for sin… (Isaiah 53:10, NLT).  "...By His wounds you were healed" (1 Peter 2:24, CJB).

2. "God made this sinless man be a sin offering on our behalf, so that in union with him we might fully share in God’s righteousness" (2 Cor 5:21, CJB, KJV, NLT), "...the righteousness which is of God by faith" (Philippians 3:9, KJV, CJB).  “And now you are free from your old master, sin; and you have become slaves to your new master, righteousness” (Rom 6:18, TLB).  “…I give you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are.  Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us” (Rom 12:3, NLT).  Let us review the imperative of putting faith to work.  “…Because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous” (Rom 4:22, NLT | Romans 4: 9-10, NLT).  “Circumcision was a sign that Abraham already had faith and that God had already accepted him and declared him to be righteous—even before he was circumcised.  So Abraham is the spiritual father of those who have faith but have not been circumcised.  They are counted as righteous because of their faith.  Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith.  If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless” (Romans 4:11, NLT | Romans 4:13-14, NLT).

3. Is your circumcision, i.e., obedience, a sign that you already exercise genuine faith in God?  Are you predisposed to obeying God if He says to you: “…Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1, NLT)?  Do you even know God’s voice (Genesis 3:10)?  Has God ever appeared unto you (Genesis 26:24, NLT)?  “Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation.  What did he discover about being made right with God?  If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have something to boast about.  But that was not God’s way.  …People are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners” (Rom 4:1-2, 5, NLT).  Faith in God is a requirement to effectively work for Him (Matt 17:19-20).

4. "Dear brothers and sisters, ...thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing" (2 Thessalonians 1:3, NLT).  "And we to whom Christ has given eternal life don't need to worry about whether we have been circumcised or not, or whether we are obeying the Jewish ceremonies or not; for all we need is faith working through love" (Galatians 5:6, CJB, TLB).  "…Where is your faith…” (Luke 8:25, NLT)?  "...Why do you have so little faith" (Luke 12:28, NLT)?  "...The question is: 'When... the Messiah returns, how many will [He] find who have faith and are praying'" (Luke 18:8, TLB)?  "...Have faith in God" (Mark 11:22, NKJV).  Let your mind reverberate wtih this theme: "I have been crucified with Christ; 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 for me" (Galatians 2:20, NKJV).

Bro. Graham F. Watts, Sr.