Two) Live by faith (cont.)
…Living by faith begins with faith applied to everything that Jesus has done for us in His death, burial, and resurrection.
There is no doubt that faith does have a future component. Scripture clearly teaches that our faith is applied to the Person of God and, often, to the promises He offers to us. The inspired writer of the letter to the Hebrews teaches us:
But the essence of faith is founded on the principle of the character and nature of God – and the ultimate expression of His character and nature was demonstrated through Jesus’ redemptive work. We can trust God for future things because He has demonstrated His faithfulness in our past, through the work of His Son.
To “live by faith” must begin at the cross of Jesus and be applied because of His death, burial, and resurrection. It is through this work that God’s faithfulness is so clearly defined. It is because He has done everything that needed to be done to secure us as His devoted people, we can be assured that He will do everything that is needed in our future circumstances.
True faith, Scripturally speaking, is not just “saving” faith – it is “living” faith. It is faith in what God has done, which gives us unshakable confidence in what God is going to do, each and every day of our lives. Faith, for each of us, must begin by looking back to our Savior and to all He has accomplished on our behalf. Although this is a faith that looks back, it applies to everything we believe in the here and now.
It is also this same faith that lifts our confidence into the future. The same God who supplied everything we needed for life and godliness will also supply everything we need for every situation we face in the future. This is our bold confidence in approaching God’s throne…
The God Who has shown Himself faithful in meeting our greatest need, will also show Himself faithful in every other need of our lives. Every true Christian should echo the apostle’s words: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.”