we have something solid and tangible to preach. If you had asked the twelve apostles, in their day, ‘What do you believe in?’ they would not have needed to go round about with a long reply, but they would have pointed to their Master, and they would have said, ‘We believe Him.’”
Galatians 3:23-29 (ESV)
“23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.”
When you read Galatians with this new perspective, that faith is person, it makes for an interesting read. Faith and Jesus seems to be interchangeable. Paul could have said, “Now before Christ came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming of Christ, in order that we might be justified by Christ. But now that Christ has come…”
I’ve done a teaching on the book of Ephesians and in the study we found that the shield of Faith is actually Jesus. In fact, as you go through the entire list of the amour and do an in-depth study on each piece of armour you will find out that every piece is Jesus. He is our salvation, our righteousness, our faith, our peace, and he is the sword (Word). Wow! Talk about Jesus being “our all in all.”
So here is the interesting part about Hebrew 11:1-3 when speaking about faith being the substance. If faith is a man (Jesus), then He is the substance of everything we hoped for. Jesus is the evidence of things not seen; specifically, Jesus is the evidence of the God we do not see.
However, in verse three Paul shifts gears and shows that the action of faith makes a difference in our belief system. To exercise faith, all one must do is believe that Christ was, is, and is to come. To exercise faith all one must do is believe that Jesus can, and will do for us, what he has already done for everyone else in the past. Believing in Christ is faith in action.
Because we are in Him, we can use his faith for our own lives, for whatever we need faith for. What do you need faith for? Jesus will believe it for you, now just receive it, and watch the substance manifest.
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Heb. 11:1-3 NIV; Gal. 3:23-29 ESV
Because we are in Him, we can use his faith for our own lives, for whatever we need faith for. What do you need faith for?
Hebrews 11:1-3, NIV
“1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”
Charles H. Spurgeon once said in a sermon:
“Our faith is a Person. The gospel that we have to preach is a Person. And go wherever we may,
This is an excerpt from “Renewing Your Mind: What Does it Mean to Renew Your Mind? Effective Change Because of the Word.”
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