Like many of us, there may be a time when you believe you have lost your faith. It is not that you have really lost your faith. Everyone has faith. Even the atheist has faith. The faith that you have lost is your belief in the Faith of Christ. Below is the story of seven soldiers who are about to die in battle. They all believe in Jesus but one soldier has lost faith and is scared of dying. As you journey through the story you will discover how belief in the Faith of Christ helps regain trust in our Father in Heaven.
Almost all Christians understand that we are justified by "The blood of Jesus" but very few know that we might also be justified by the Faith of Christ - Galatians 2:16 KJV. If this is true, then we are made right with God by both the blood of Jesus and the "Faith" Jesus had when he went to the cross. If Jesus as a human being did not have the faith he did in order to go to the cross, there is absolutely no way we would have been made right by his blood. When the Faith of Christ is included in the gospel message, it is the humanity of Jesus as well as the divinity of Christ that brings all home to the Kingdom of God.
If asked which faith would make us right before God, most would say that it would have to be the faith Jesus had that makes us right. Hardly anyone would claim their own faith makes us right when our faith is compared to the faith of Christ. Although the King James Bible says we are justified by the faith "of" Christ, in many of the newer translations, the word "of" has been changed to the word "in". This small change may seem insignificant, but it can make a huge difference in how we view our relationship with God.
According to all Christian Bibles, faith is the gift of God. If Jesus was just as much a human being as he was God, then Jesus was given the same measure of faith as any other human being.
The difference between my faith and the faith of Christ is that his faith was consistant to the point it was uncorrupted unto death. Our faith tends to waver. This is where we lose our peace with God. In other words, my faith has been corrupted by doubt. My faith tends to waver and it is my lack of faith that is the core issue of my sin.
I believe the reason so many Christians have a hard time explaining the difference and purpose of Old Testament compared to New Testament is that the Faith of Christ has been left out of the teaching. Once the faith Jesus had going to the cross as a human being is understood as part of justification we begin to see the beauty of how "love" and "faith" are joined together in order to bring all home to our Father in Heaven. This may sound way too simple but try looking at it this way:
The love of our Father is shown by the Faith of His Son
If we believe in the absolute trust Jesus had in our heavenly Father then we know that trusting God or putting trust into what is good and lovely is our way home to the Kingdom of God. By going to the cross, Jesus sets the benchmark for what real faith is. Love and faith go together. One cannot exist without the other.
Below are several key verses from the Bible telling us how faith might be increased. Jesus as a human being sets the benchmark for what real faith is. This is why His faith is so important to us. Once you understand the Faith of Christ, these verses will become much more meaningful.
God has given every person a measure of faith. It is up to us to decide what we will do with it. A common sense expression tells us if we don't use what is given to us we will lose it. Certainly we would not lose our faith. If we have completely lost our trust in God then we have lost everything.
Jesus says our faith is like a seed and if we tend to it by trusting God our faith will grow. Even just a little faith is enormous compared to no faith at all. In other words, when we trust God in times of trial, we know that God is with us. The less we trust God, the weaker our faith, eventually leading to spiritual death.
2 Thessalonians 1:3
Paul teaches that as our faith in God increases the love we have toward each another also grows stronger.
1 Peter 1:7
Peter says that God uses trials to test our faith in order to make us stronger Christians. When the trials of life come upon us, a strong faith in God is our most important resource. Peter says it is more precious than Gold.
If we are living our life according to the Faith of Christ our new spirit will be one of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and against such things there is no law.
The Kingdom of God runs on love. Your faith in Christ is your passport home to the Kingdom of God. The more faith you put in Christ, the more love you have to give back to our Father in Heaven.
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