Faith is the hallmark of God’s system of salvation. We tend to see everything through our own lens, but it’s all about God.
First, faith establishes the credibility of the Godhead. It isn’t simply something we must do, it’s the very essence of the Lord.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to Him must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV).
When confronted with the word of God…
- Do we accept it at face value?
- Do we see it as authentic?
- Do we see it as complete?
Second, faith upholds the authority of the Godhead. Once we see God’s Word as spiritually authoritative, we don’t need to seek answers elsewhere (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We’re telling the Father that he was correct about his Son. Like us, we can’t tolerate people who distrust or dislike our children. Refusing to acknowledge the Son as being authoritative is spiritually destructive (John 3:16).
Third, faith secures the legacy of the Godhead. Works are divided up into merit (Ephesians 2:8-9) and obedience (James 2:14-26; Ephesians 2:10). The former can’t save us because it removes Christ from the equation (Galatians 2:16). The latter serves the purpose of glorifying Christ (Ephesians 3:20-21).
When we serve Jesus (Luke 9:23), we tell the world that Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life and [that] no one comes to the Father except by [Him]” (John 14:6).
Our faith isn’t for our glory but for the legacy and mission of Christ. We’re simply vessels (Isaiah 64:8). Making it about our own value is to set ourselves against him.
Faith is infinitely larger than us and we should value it above all (John 1:1-5). Let’s strengthen our faith every day.