Using Our Words Of Faith
We read a New Testament description of God speaking things into existence in Romans 4:17.
Romans 4:17 (NIV)
As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed-- the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.
Jesus spoke of this principle to His disciples in Mark 11:22-24 as He instructed them to have faith in God. We might also call this the God kind of faith, because it is faith that speaks and things happen. Jesus told them that they could speak in faith to a mountain, and it would obey their command. Then, He made it universal by including anything they asked for in faith.
Mark 11:22-24 (NLT)
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”
God speaks things into existence that have never existed, and He does it by the law of faith. This law is only spoken of once. It is found in Romans 3:27 when the apostle Paul is speaking about grace versus self-righteousness. It is not elaborated upon, but refers to our inability to attain acceptability before God by the works of the law.
Romans 3:27 (BBE)
What reason, then, is there for pride? It is shut out. By what sort of law? of works? No, but by a law of faith.
Hidden in the explanation of the grace of God through Jesus in Romans 3:27 is a reference to the law of faith. This law refers to belief and trust in God, rather than a trust in oneself. Faith is a tangible intangible that exists just like the intangible, invisible wind. Although you cannot experience faith with your physical senses, it is available to you at all times. We are justified and made righteous before God by our faith.
Conversely, works, or doing things to gain God’s favor, are acts of self-righteousness. Works lead you to believe that you can somehow earn acceptability with God. However, Jesus was the only one that was able to do that because He led a sinless life, perfectly observing the Law. In Ephesians 2:8-9, God says that you can only attain acceptability through faith. There is nothing that you can do on your own to overcome your sin nature. You need help.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Abraham proved his faith by his works (actions) by his willingness to sacrifice his son. He did not use his works or actions to justify himself and make himself acceptable. God’s favor cannot be earned by works, but it can be acquired by acting on faith. Sometimes, this is a subtle but extremely important distinction in attitude.
God gave up His authority in the earth realm to Adam in the garden. Adam lost it to Satan. Abraham took the authority back by acting on his faith. He sealed a blood covenant with God by his willingness to sacrifice his son. Blood covenant partners share everything, including authority. Therefore, God, as Abraham’s covenant partner on earth, once again had legal authority to act in the earth. When the time was right, God sealed His side of the covenant with the actual sinless blood of His Son, which He used as a substitute to cover the sins of all mankind, including yours. The sacrifice of Jesus was so powerful because He was the perfect sacrificial Lamb without a blemish of sin. Jesus is God’s gift to you through the law of faith, not by works.
The full context of Romans 3:23-28 makes this discussion very plain and understandable, however, the ERV translation does not use the term law of faith.
Romans 3:23-28 (ERV)
But God has a way to make people right, and it has nothing to do with the law. He has now shown us that new way, which the law and the prophets told us about.
God makes people right through their faith in Jesus Christ. He does this for all who believe in Christ. Everyone is the same. All have sinned and are not good enough to share God’s divine greatness.
They are made right with God by his grace. This is a free gift. They are made right with God by being made free from sin through Jesus Christ.
God gave Jesus as a way to forgive people’s sins through their faith in him. God can forgive them because the blood sacrifice of Jesus pays for their sins. God gave Jesus to show that he always does what is right and fair. He was right in the past when he was patient and did not punish people for their sins. And in our own time he still does what is right. God worked all this out in a way that allows him to judge people fairly and still make right any person who has faith in Jesus.
So do we have any reason to boast about ourselves? No reason at all. And why not? Because we are depending on the way of faith, not on what we have done in following the law.
I mean we are made right with God through faith, not through what we have done to follow the law. This is what we believe.
God is the author of faith. It is the way He operates. He speaks according to what He believes and what He speaks comes into existence. There is no question with Him as to the outcome. He knows what it will be because of His faith. We wonder, we hope, and we doubt what might happen when we speak based on weak faith (which is actually doubt).
However, God tells us to be like Him in Ephesians 5:1.
Ephesians 5:1-2 (NKJV)
5 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
Study God’s Word and learn how to make your speech imitate Him!
May God richly bless you in all that you do! - Dr Rich Masek
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