30th November 2018

A Matter of Faith

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:2 (KJV)

In the King James Authorized version of the Bible there are only two references to the word “faith” in the Old Testament. One is in Deuteronomy 32:20, where it is said that the people have no faith; and the other reference is in Habakkuk 2:4, “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith”.

By contrast there are some 250 references to faith in the New Testament. In Galatians 2:20 Paul writes, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me, and gave himself for me.” So, we understand that it is not our human faith alone but, rather, it is the faith and righteousness of Jesus Christ that is at work in a Christian. It is not that we neglect our own weak human faith or trust in God, but that we rest in Jesus’ righteousness and the faith given to us, and not on our own faith alone.

Our weak hand is in His hand, and we know who has the stronger grip when we stumble! Therefore, we are encouraged, and we don’t need to worry whenever our faith may ebb and flow (as it does) because our salvation does not depend on us, but on the faith of Christ in us. It is not a matter of ‘Our part and God’s part’ – it is all of God and all of us!

Prayer
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, with You everything is ‘Yes Yes’! (2 Corinthians 1:19-20). Through faith, we thank you in Jesus’ name,
Amen

Study by Tony Goudie
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About the Author:
Tony Goudie is the Pastor of the Great Baddow Congregation of GCI/WCG (near Chelmsford).

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Great Baddow
United Reformed church
High Street
Great Baddow
CHELMSFORD
CM2 7HH

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone: 07584-193441
Email: tony_goudie@wcg.org.uk

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