Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 tells his brethren to continue to stand in the gospel that was preached to them and that they received, by which they were saved. He specifically says, “If ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” How can my faith be in vain? Or how can my preaching or someone’s preaching be in vain?
Faith. We hear this word a lot. In fact, we not only hear it, whether we acknowledge this or not, we actually Live by it. When you wake up in the morning, you are driven by faith. When you go to bed at night, you are driven by faith. When you go to work, you are driven by faith, and when you get in your car and drive, you are also driven by faith.
Faith is what keeps you going, faith is what causes your actions, and faith is also what causes your inner thoughts. But what is exactly is faith? I think sometimes we make it out to be a complex idea, or perhaps something a bit cloudy, nebulous, unexplainable. But in reality, faith is quite simple.
Faith is the act of believing some kind of information, or even simpler, word. In Romans chapter 10, verse 17, we see that faith comes from hearing. In order to believe something, you need to hear it first. Today, we hear a Lot of information. This information is all around us. Unfortunately, sometimes we do not attach enough importance/significance to What we believe. People simply tend to live, run around in their daily chores and goals, not realizing that faith lives in their hearts and that in the end – they will be judged by their faith.
And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement: Of sin, because they believe not on Me. -John 16:8-9
We see here, that believing not in Christ, not in His Word, that is exactly what sin is, which causes the fruits of sin (the works of the flesh). On the contrary, we see in Scripture, that in knowing and believing the Truth, the word of God, this Truth sets one free from sin and gives eternal life. Ironically speaking, when a person continues to sin, versus looking into his faith, he looks into his actions and tries harder not to do them, not realizing, that the root of the problem (false faith) still exists! Which is the very reason sin continues to appear, again and again.
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. -Hebrews 11:6
We see in Hebrews chapter 11, that it is by faith that we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, by faith Noah built the ark and became the heir of righteousness, by faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by faith Abraham sojourned in the land of the promise, through faith Sara delivered a child when she was past age, etc.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. -Hebrews 11:1
Faith is real, Faith works! In fact, faith comes into substance! What does this mean to me? To me this means – that by believing and abiding in God’s Word, in the Truth, I too am made an heir of righteousness, and I am holy and righteous! I am simply His child, a saint! And that is the faith that I’m driven by!