Walking by Faith

Christianity is a religion of faith (Rom 3:27;10:8;Gal 1:23). It is referred to as ‘the faith’ in Jude 3 and elsewhere. We are told that we walk by faith and not by sight. We have never seen God, or the Holy Spirit. We did not witness the resurrection, nor have we seen the risen Christ. Nevertheless, we believe! Infidels reject Christianity because of this, yet they will accept other things by faith with less evidence than we have for Christianity.

We must be careful to maintain the distinction between faith and opinion. Faith requires evidence (Rom 10:17; John 20:31). Faith presupposes testimony. No testimony-no faith! Opinion is what we think, or believe, without any evidence. Here are some examples. In Genesis 2:9 we are told that the tree of knowledge was in the garden-faith. What was the tree?-opinion. Samson caught 300 foxes in Judges 15:4-faith. How?-opinion. Nicodemus came to Jesus by night-faith. Why at night?-opinion. We can only go so far as God has instructed us in faithfully serving Him, no further.

To obey the Gospel of Christ is to walk by faith. Every step in our obedience is a step of faith. We are to believe (Luke 13:3,5). We are to repent (Acts 17:30). We must confess Christ before men (Rom 10:9,10). We are to be baptized for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38). We do not see how baptism remits our sins, but we are told by Jesus and His Apostles it does (Acts 22:16;1 Pet 3:21;Col 2:12; Rom 6:3-5)

To come together to worship God upon the first day of the week is an act of faith (Acts 20:7;Heb 10:25;1 Cor 16:2). What we are to do in our worship is also a matter of faith (John 4:24) whether it be praying, singing, communion, or proclaiming God’s word. We must never insert our opinion as to what God would like, or would appeal to the masses and claim that we are living by faith.

Doing what God says in His word makes men and women of faith (Heb 11). The faith that leads us to obey God today will justify us just as it did those who are listed in Hebrews 11. Men and women are justified by faith when they obey what GOD HAS SAID, not other men’s opinions.

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