Faith’s Foundation and Direction

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  (Heb. 11:6)

“He that cometh to God must believe that He is.”

God deals with mankind through Jesus Christ the Son. In First Corinthians chapter three and verse 11 we read,

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1Cor. 3:11)

It has been said many times that “the New Testament is concealed in the old and the Old Testament is revealed in the new.” But there is a problem today in that many times the Old Testament Scriptures are not emphasized at all.

Some denominations and ministers have even done away with the Old Testament Scriptures in their preaching and teaching, except for a few Bible stories and prophecies that are sometimes referred to.

When Jesus was being tempted in the wilderness by the devil, the Bible says in Matthew chapter four and verse four,

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matt. 4:4)

The Bible tells us that Jesus fulfilled the Law of Moses in all points. We are not under the Law of Moses but many of us do not know what the Law is that He fulfilled, when the fulfilling of that Law is instrumental to you and I as a Christian in understanding our position in Christ.

Jesus fulfilled the prophets but the problem is many Christians do not know what the prophecies are that He fulfilled, when the fulfillment of those prophecies is what gives us the basis for believing that Jesus is the son of God.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2Tim. 3:16-17)

Jesus quoted the Old Testament. The apostles quoted the Old Testament.

In Luke chapter 24 verses 13 through 27, we read the story of Jesus appearing to two disciples on the road to Emmaus after his resurrection. The Bible tells us in the 27th verse,

“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Luke 24:27)

Jesus taught from the Old Testament.

“Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:7-8)

Paul also would enter into houses and synagogues and teach from the Old Testament, persuading them out of the Law and the Prophets that Jesus was the Son of God.

“And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.” (Acts 28:23)

This was the basis for the faith they had that Jesus was the Messiah prophesied of old. This was the basis for their extraordinary faith which the Bible says in the Book of Acts “turned the world upside down.”

A person cannot have full working faith without knowing and believing in exactly who Jesus is, what He has done, and what He will do.

Notice I said full working faith.

A person can believe in Christ, but to have full working faith we really need to know exactly who Jesus is, what He has done, and what He will do for us.

This is found not only in knowing what the New Testament has to say about Christ, but also in knowing and understanding the Scriptures that Jesus fulfilled contained in the Old Testament.

The English word for “faith” in the New Testament comes from the Greek word pronounced “pis’-tis”, which has a threefold definition.

The first definition is “conviction”. The second definition is “especially reliance upon Christ for salvation”, and the third definition is “constancy in such profession or confession”.

In this threefold definition we actually have the three types of faith the Bible talks about.

Number one is “conviction”. This is a worldly kind of faith. A person can have a conviction that their doctor is the best doctor there is. A person can be convicted that they have the best lawyer. A person can have convictions concerning any number of worldly things.

It doesn’t take faith in Christ to have these kinds of convictions. This is the worldly type of faith.

The second type of faith is “reliance upon Christ for salvation”. This is the ability given by God unto every individual to believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ if he or she so chooses.

“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Rev. 22:17)

This is faith unto God for your salvation.

The third definition for the Greek word “pis’-tis” (faith) is “constancy in such confession or profession”. This is the faith of God. This is the ability to stay constant and unwavering in your confession or your profession of faith no matter what.

This is the type of faith that God used to frame the worlds.

This is the type of faith that “turns the world upside down”.

This is the faith the Bible talks about in Hebrews the 11th chapter beginning with verse one,

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1)

This is the faith of the Son of God.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)

If you have been born again then God has given you the ability to have this type of faith. This is the measure of faith that the Bible talks about in the Book of Romans,

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Rom. 12:3)

God has given believers His faith but many believers have misdirected that faith. There is only one direction for faith and that is in Jesus Christ, God manifested in the flesh.

Tomorrow- Maturing Faith

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