“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” (Romans 4:9-24)
Abraham’s faith, which is what this verse is discussing, was based upon “that which was spoken“. (vs. 18) This has always been the basis of true faith. Believing what God has spoken.
In our case today, true faith is based upon that which God has written. What He has inspired or breathed out.
True faith is based upon every word of God.
No Other Basis of Faith
Today, many are telling us that a Christian can deny or doubt what God has written and still have true faith.
Yet, salvation is based only upon the words of God. We are born again of that word.
And our day-to-day life in Christ is based upon the supernatural faith God creates in us when we read or hear His words.
In this way, we receive them. We rest in them. And we “abide” in His word.
This is so simple. Yet, it is being challenged on every front within every “brand” of so-called Christianity.
It is challenged by those who say that one can have faith while denying the perfect accuracy of God’s words. Or while denying the purity of those words. And challenging the ultimate authority of His words in all matters of life.
But there is simply no other way for faith to be created.
Christians today talk of love as being the basis of true faith. Or of good works and sacrificial service being the true basis of faith. Or of trying to live out the life of Jesus as being true faith.
But this is simply not true.
Every Word of God
And it’s not that those are necessarily bad things. But they do not save us. They do not give us life.
Our life in Christ is a supernatural life.
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” These are the very words Jesus spoke to Satan when He was tempted by him in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4)
“Every word“, He said.
Not simply those words that preachers and leaders today are willing to stand upon.
Not just those that they are willing to defend against the criticisms of the religious academics.
Not simply those that fit in with the cultural wickedness of our day. As those leaders who tell us that our faith and our gospel must be “informed by the culture“.
Not just those that fit in with the popular scientific consensus of our day. As so many Christian leaders who seduce churches away from God’s word by telling them that our faith and our gospel must be “informed by science“.
Abide in Him
Abiding in Christ is to abide in His words. To believe them and to defend them.
Not just in some general way as in defending the ideas of God. Or believing only the general essence of truth. As if the specific words are of some secondary or doubtful purity.
We cannot abide in Christ, as the grape abides in the vine, unless we abide in His words.
Read John, Chapter 15 and see if this is not so.
A Christianity that is somehow uncertain about the accuracy of God’s words, or about God’s authority in all matters of life, is not true Christianity.
It is not true faithfulness to Christ.
Such doubtfulness is not true faith at all. It is something else.
Those prone to such thinking should call themselves something else. And be consistent.
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