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The Wednesday Word: What Faith Sees

“Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). But how is faith obtained? Listen to this! “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).

Its no wonder the Word of God is under such attack nowadays

Real faith, is not faith in ourselves or faith in what we do. No indeed! But real faith is a living, personal faith, in that living, personal Saviour who came to earth and lived, died, was buried and rose again. And real faith now informs us that this same Saviour ascended into heaven and is now ruling and reigning and seated in cosmic authority (see Acts 2:33; Hebrews 10:12).

“Behold Him there, the risen Lord,

The sinless spotless sacrifice.

Upward I look and see Him there,

Who made an end of all my sin.”

As we listen to what God’s word says about Christ Jesus and His work for us, faith grows. Faith bows to the divine record of the person, work and offices of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Faith sees, in a personal way, that the Bible is true when it says that all have sinned (Romans 3:23).

Faith causes us to agree that, in ourselves, we are lost and undone (Isaiah 53:6).

Faith leads us to fully trust in Christ Jesus as our sin-bearer (1 Peter 2:24-25).

Faith sees that Christ alone did all the work that was needed to cleanse us and make us fit for the presence of God (John 19:30).

Faith rests on the fact that the work which Christ finished on the cross 2000 years ago, is really finished.

Faith agrees that we cannot add to this work (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Faith agrees that we cannot take away from this work. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Faith grasps that peace is not only a thing of enjoyment within us, but it is Christ outside of us: for He is our peace (Ephesians 2:4).

“My love is oftimes low,

My joy still ebbs and flows,

But peace with Him remains the same;

No change Jehovah knows.”

Bonar

Salvation is received by faith plus nothing. If there was a way for us to contribute to our own salvation; or if it depended on our merits; or indeed, if there were some way we could earn it or deserve it — then we would not receive our salvation by faith alone; we would be saved by faith plus works. But salvation is God’s gift. It is all by grace! There is nothing we can possibly add to what God has already done to save us in Jesus Christ. There is no other way to receive the benefits of Christ Crucified than by faith alone.

Some years ago, an old preacher had just finished giving a lecture at a Bible College and asked for questions. One student raised his hand and asked, “Sir, when were you saved.” The old pastor knew what the student wanted to know. He wanted to know where and when the Pastor had received Christ … was it at a gospel meeting, or in a church, did he raise his hand or walk to the front of the church?

The old preacher smiled and said, “When was I saved? Ï was saved 2000 years ago at Calvary, for it says in 2 Corinthians 5:19 “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself not imputing their trespasses to them.” I received that salvation by faith alone 50 years ago.

To receive this glorious salvation, we don’t do anything…we simply rest on His doing, dying and rising again.

Salvation was accomplished by Christ alone, it is received by faith alone without the addition of any works of our own.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com   

Only the Spirit can show you the things of Christ

“Without faith it is impossible to please God the Holy Spirit, and whosoever cometh to God the Holy Spirit must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” If you think the Holy Spirit is only an influence, you will carry no petition to Him, for no man ever asks an influence to help him. Do you believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine person, that He is God, and will you tonight honor Him as God? You cannot spiritually discern the things of the kingdom of God; you cannot in the right way take hold of the things of Jesus Christ, and I cannot show them to you, and no other preacher can, and the whole church united cannot make one see Jesus Christ as his Savior; but there is One who can take the things of Christ and can show them to you so you can see them in a moment, in the flash of an eye, in the snap of a finger. I say the Holy Spirit can take the redemption that is in Christ and can make you see it and feel it and trust it as quick as a bolt of lightning leaped across yonder sky.

B. H. Carroll—The Faith that Saves—Triumphant Faith

A sense of need drives us to God

Now, do I believe that God the Father is? Do I believe that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him? Do I believe this when I come to Him, when I approach Him? And what is involved in coming to Him? There is always a sense of need. We come to Him because of our impotence, of our helplessness, or because we are in trouble. And now, as my trouble is a real trouble, as my want is a real want, as the perplexity of my mind is a genuine perplexity, about which there can be no question, I know it is so; when I seek to get rid of that, I must go to a person if I expect deliverance from that trouble, for the remover of a real trouble must be a real person.

B. H. Carroll—The Faith that Saves—Triumphant Faith

 

Two things a man must believe to please God

September 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Here are two things that a man must believe before he can ever please God. First, he must believe in God’s existence. He must believe that He is. He must believe in that existence as God represents it. And then he must believe that God will reward or help or give to him what the believer’s soul desires or what he wants.

B. H. Carroll—The Faith that Saves—Triumphant Faith

 

What is Faith?

September 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Faith is the confidence of things hoped for. They were persuaded of them and embraced them. They took them to their hearts, the promises of God, as if they were fulfilled. Faith became to them the substance, the confidence, the grounds of the thing that they hoped to obtain. Now, without faith it is impossible to please God. “For he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”

B. H. Carroll—The Faith that Saves—Triumphant Faith