Wednesday, October 17, 2007
FAITH, FAITH AND FAITH
The title of this article may sound ridiculous, but if we consider the meaning of "faith" in the Scriptures, it makes perfect sense.
First, "faith" refers to the faithfulness OF CHRIST to fulfill all conditions of the covenant of redemption by His obedience unto death on the cross. This is the ground of our salvation as Christ, by Himself but for God's elect, redeemed and justified us when He put away our sins at Calvary.
(Romans 3:1, Romans 3:19; Galatians 2:16-20; Galatians 3:22; and Philippians 3:7-9).
Next, "faith" can also describe the Gospel, the body of truth and doctrine that communicates the message of Christ and Him crucified in the preaching of the Word.
(Romans 10:17; Ephesians 4:4-5, Ephesians 11-13, Acts 6:7, Acts 14:22; Acts 16:5 and Romans 1:1-5).
Finally, "faith" refers to the gift of faith given by God to His elect by the Holy Spirit in the new birth by which we come to believe in Christ, repent of dead works and trust in Him for our whole salvation.
(Mark 16:15-16; Acts 16:31 and 1 John 3:23).
All three of these are necessary in the salvation of a sinner, but not for the same reason.
The faith OF Christ is the ground of our salvation.
The faith of the Gospel is revelation of salvation.
Faith IN Christ is the fruit of salvation and the means by which we lay hold of Christ.
All these meanings of faith were described by our Lord.
"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
He also said,
"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by ME."
It is written in Romans 6:17-18,
"...but ye have obey from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness."
By Bill Parker