Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
The dictionary definition of faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
The Bible definition of faith is in the book of Hebrews-
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance (realization) of things hoped for, the evidence (confidence) of things not seen.
Everyone has faith, children have faith, it is something that has been hardwired into us by our creator God. Christian faith is essentially trust in God. His will is that we put our faith in Him!
Our initial faith for salvation is a belief in who God is and what He has done for us through His son Jesus Christ. That faith, or trust, doesn’t have to be particularly strong or large at first.
Luke 17:6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
With that faith we are justified and have peace with God (Romans 5:1). With that faith we have access to the grace given to us by God (5:2).
I believe that the entirety of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation is interconnected and important. But when I look up the word faith in the Old Testament, it is there only twice. While I am still studying this out and open to suggestions/thoughts/criticisms, I do see a lot of mentions in the Old Testament of trust. Like this one in Proverbs-
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
I once preached to a group at the Capital City Rescue Mission that you can have faith in anything. I told them I had faith in my suspenders- that they would keep my pants from falling down. I said that they should have that same faith because the opposite result wouldn’t be pretty…
My wife was the one who first got me to wear suspenders. I resisted for YEARS…and keeping my pants where they belonged was a constant struggle. I am a big guy and I didn’t think that suspenders would work (I didn’t have faith). One day, I caved in and bought a pair of heavy-duty Carhart suspenders.
Initially I was a skeptic, but as I continued to use them, I developed a trust that they would continue to work. Now, they are an integral part of my wardrobe.
It sounds silly but my suspenders story is very much like our faith in God. Non-existent for a while (the constant struggle), then shaky when new, then confidence and strength of faith grows as our relationship with God grows.
Our faith must be an active and vital part of this relationship. Faith is a muscle and therefore must be exercised to be most effective. Verse two in Romans 5 concludes that because of our faith we also then get to have joy in the hope of God’s glory. How does that work? Tune in tomorrow.
Grace & Peace,