Understanding faith

Romans 3:27-28
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.

We see above that there is a law of faith. This is not to be confused with the law of Moses, which was a set of laws to be obeyed in order to be right with God. The covenant that God made with Moses and the people of Israel is superseded by the New Covenant in Jesus. We no longer need to obey a set of rules and regulations to be right with God, Jesus fulfilled the law for us and gave us His perfect righteousness.

Hebrews 8:6
But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

So what is this law of faith then? It is the repeatable principles by which faith operates. Just like in the physical world, the law of gravity is a repeatable principle that governs how objects behave, so the law of faith governs how faith comes and how it operates. God is a God of order and He sets laws in place to govern how His kingdom operates. We as believers should be studying the scriptures to understand these laws so that we can cooperate with them to our benefit.

1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

For too long, faith has been this difficult to define thing that all believers should have but that many have no idea how to produce!

Lets look at an example in scripture of faith operating in the area of salvation. As we analyse this, we can then apply the same principles in every area of our lives.

Romans 10:8-10
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

1. The Word is near you – The Word that is preached.

Romans 10:17
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

When you hear the Word of God, faith rises up. Faith is the fruit of revelation. We can hear God either through His written Word, as the Holy Spirit highlights truth and it becomes alive in our hearts, or through hearing God speak to us in our hearts. Whatever method God uses to speak to us, it is His Word that causes faith to rise up in us.

2. Jesus is Lord – Authority is established.

Matthew 28:18
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

There is an acknowledging of the authority of Jesus and His power to save. Without an understanding that God has the power and authority to act in our lives, we will not go forward in faith.

3. Belief in the heart that Jesus raised from the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:4
and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,

Next comes belief in the heart, a revelation that is beyond head knowledge. It is a knowledge in the very core of one’s being of the truth.

4. You will be saved – A revelation of salvation, that the need is met.

You have the revelation that you are now saved. God has done as He promised.

5. A confession with the mouth

We confess the truth with our mouths. All blessing in scripture were spoken and it was with the spoken Word that God created the earth and everything in it. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). We speak life out in faith to bring change in our lives. It is with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

As we looked at the verses above and broke them out in their constituent parts, we were able to see how the law of faith operated in salvation. We can use the same principles in every area of our lives. We are called to operate in faith in all things (Romans 14:23).

The summary of the steps is as follows:

  • Hear a Word from God
  • Acknowledge God’s power and authority
  • Believe in your heart – revelation
  • Believe God has done it
  • Speak it with your mouth

To listen more on faith, click on the links below:

Faith Series
Faith Builders

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