Faith is represented in our bracelet by the color blue. In the presentation of the Gospel, you cannot only understand who God is and what He did, you have to accept, trust, and receive His free gift. Faith is the instrument that our heart uses to accept the salvation offered by God and accomplished by the sacrifice of Jesus.
In our Reformed tradition, faith is the only way that we can receive salvation. “Faith Alone”, that was how our reformers put this idea. There is no other way for us to appropriate the works of Christ.
The word faith in the New Testament can be defined in this way: “faith, faithfulness, belief, trust, with an implication that actions based on that trust may follow; “the faith” often refers to the Christian system of belief and lifestyle.” The author of the book of Hebrews put in this way: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1.”
It is important for us to understand that even for us to have faith we need God’s help. Faith is a gift from God. This is what the apostle Paul wrote: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – Ephesians 2:8.”
As you can see there is nothing in us that helps in our salvation. It is a complete work of God in us and for us.
The problem is that sometimes we think that after our conversion we have to do something by our own strength. Some of us believe that our Christian life depends totally on our efforts. We are saved by faith, but we live the Christian life by our own works. We could not be more wrong. Our whole life, from the beginning to the end has to be lived by faith.
This is what the apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians: “Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” Galatians 3:11.” The Christian life should be lived by faith. We trusted in Jesus for our salvation, and we should continue to trust in Him every step of the way.
Our faith points to God, who He is and what He did and does. It is that confidence in God, His character and power that will enable me to live a Christian life and follow Jesus everyday.
This faith, trust, and confidence in Christ must grow. That involves the knowledge of God and His Word. The more we know God and His Word, more our faith will grow and be strong. This is what the apostle Paul wrote: “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17.”
Finally, faith should be expressed in actions. When we believe our lives will be changed. When I trust in God and have the assurance that He is in control of everything, I will behave in a different way. James, the brother of our Lord wrote this: “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26.” As you can see our faith must produce fruit, not only in our personal life, but also around us. Our life will be different and we will make a difference in the world.
Have a blessed week,