God’s Word can be viewed as the final word on faith. The term is used 492X (some about marital faithfulness). Let’s look at a few examples.
We are Not Always Faithful.
2 Chronicles 29:6
Our fathers were unfaithful; they did evil in the eyes of the LORD our God and forsook him. They turned their faces away from the LORD’s dwelling place and turned their backs on him.
2 Chronicles 36:14
Furthermore, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful, following all the detestable practices of the nations and defiling the temple of the LORD, which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.
God is Always Faithful
For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.
22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
Faith Brings Healing
Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.
21But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And werejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (This brings up the final point. He will purify, only those with faith. Not perfect faith, but saving faith).
Faith Requires the proper Object (faith in your cat or in the [rotten] bottom rung of the ladder will not do.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.
This brief overview should serve to point out two things:
Western society is, at least, non-Christian. The general consensus in society is not a Christian perspective. Even the media reporting on society tends to be non-Christian, if not openly anti-Christian. Various studies on media elite. Popular culture is non-Christian. And yet, we cling to faith and to religion.
Faith remains relevant despite attempts to destroy it; marginalize it; erase it. Example: Just a few years ago Guenter Lewy of the University of Massachusetts set out to write a book entitled Why America Doesn’t Need Religion. He wanted the book to be “a defense of secular humanism and ethical relativism.” Lewy is not a Christian, and does not believe in God. But he was determined to offer his results as objectively as possible. As he assembled his extensive research he got a surprise. He found himself forced to conclude that Christianity has a record of strong support for social justice and human dignity. Other research forced him to conclude that Christians constantly show a lower rate than non-Christians of the behaviors associated with social ills and moral failure. These include divorce, domestic violence, out-of-wedlock births, adult crime and juvenile delinquency. He finally concluded, from other studies, that people who actually live the Christian life have higher rates of happiness and are healthier. The final title of his book is Why America Needs Religion. (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, 1996)
Christians should not be fearful about living out their faith, even among unbelievers. As they live out their faith, God is not only blessing them, but also the unbelievers who surround them.
The church is not doing its job. The command from the Bible to have dominion over all the world, necessarily means to be leaders in all areas of life. Christians are not to “ghettoize” themselves, and sit in a dark corner of mediocrity talking and preaching to ourselves.