Through Faith For Faith



Scripture:

Rom. 1:16   For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous will live by faith.”

Observation:

Paul’s strong affirmation of his belief is seen here in his letter to the church at Rome. At a time when many may have been scared to declare their faith, Paul will not shrink from his faith. He will declare that which he believes and live with the consequences. So earnestly does he believe in the transformational work of God that he will speak up so that all may find salvation. 

The gospel reveals to us the righteousness of God. The way in which this is reflected to the world is through those who are willing to embrace this faith, and then live by faith. Paul quotes from Habakkuk, bringing clarity to his statement “through faith for faith,” letting us know that it is in embracing faith that we then live by faith. The life of faith becomes the outward sign of the inward work begun by faith. Therefore we live through faith, that faith and trust that we put in Jesus Christ for salvation, for faith, the life lived in reflection of the one whom we have embraced for salvation. 

Application:

There are two sides to the coin of faith. We are blessed to come to Christ through faith, but that is just the beginning. It is the entry point into a new life which is then lived by faith for faith in Christ. 

If we believe that we can simply continue living the same way we have in the past once we step into a life of faith, we are wrong. Genuine faith in the gospel leads us into a healing relationship, where the corruption of the flesh is healed by the work of the Spirit. The result is new life, which is witnessed in our day to day behavior. 

We are living in what some are calling the “era of authenticity.” This is a place where we embrace that which is “authentic,” whether good or bad. The problem is that this leaves little room for the healing and transformative power of the Holy Spirit. If you believe you have no need of healing, then you will never go to the doctor. Instead you will continue to live with and affirm your infirmity, missing out on the incredible possibilities to be found through faith, for faith. 

The call of God is into a life of faith for faith and this is a life of continual growth in the Spirit. No longer am I who I was five years ago, but through ever-increasing participation in our holy God, I am led to new heights of relationship, being transformed from glory to glory. We are not supposed to become satisfied with where we are, but drawn ever upward we climb the spiritual ladder through the power of the Holy Spirit. This climb is made through faith for faith, for as we reach new heights, our faith is continually transformed through participation with the mind of Christ. 

Prayer:


Lord, please lead me on a this journey, day by day, of living through faith for faith. Amen. 

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