Faith – Hebrews 11

15 05 2012

As Christ-ins, we need to know how to please our Father. The scripture says that without faith it is impossible to please God, so we need know what this faith really is and where do we get it!

Because of this, a lot of “pulpit time” is given to the subject, but not necessarily in accordance to the Truth. Because faith is so very important, we as new creations need to hear what the Holy Spirit is telling us. As new creation Christ-ins, we need to grasp that we do not “operate” from our “own” or “self” faith any longer. What do I mean by that? Let me explain: Before Jesus was glorified, God required people to have and “operate” in and by their own or self faith. This is why Jesus of Nazareth spoke so often about the faith of people:  He commended some on their “great faith”, and he rebuked others for their “little faith”. The truth of the matter is prior to His glorification, no one had Christ in them and because of this fact people could only operate by their very own or self faith. However now that Jesus Christ has been glorified, we as new creations Christ-ins, we have Christ living in us, and we do not live by our own or self faith. We live by the faith of Christ in us.

Gal 2:20 KJV  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, …..

This scripture is very clear on this point that we live by HIS Faith.

In the Book of Hebrews, we read in Chapter 11 about faith. We read how people from the Old Covenant  received things by their own or self faith. This chapter goes into a lot of detail about their faith.

In verse 13 we read the following:

Heb 11:13 KJV  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, …..

Then we read at the end of Chapter 11 from verse 39 about these “faithful” saints of old:

Heb 11:39-40 KJV  And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:  (40)  God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

This scripture says that they did not receive the promise even though they had faith. It goes on to say that God Himself, has provided “some better thing” for us us new covenant people. This verse is pointing to God giving His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, and in Him we have the “some better thing”!

Then let’s read on in Hebrews into Chapter 12. Please remember that the Books were not divided up as they are for us today. The original writings have no Chapter breaks.

Heb 12:1-2 KJV  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  (2)  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; ……

Verse 2 tells us that we must look to Jesus Christ – THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH!!!  The writer of Hebrews is clear. We are not to look to ourselves for “self or own faith” as the Old Covenant  people needed to do in order to please God. We are under a new dispensation and we are no longer under the Law, we are under grace. We have such a better covenant in Christ.” The only way to please God is with the Living Way – through and in the person of Jesus Christ in us, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”. It is Christ’s faith through and in us that pleases the Father and not our own “self” or “own” faith.

In closing, let’s read this scripture:

Gal 3:22-29 KJV  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.  (23)  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.  (24)  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  (25)  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.  ……  (29)  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Unlike the saints of old who died in faith without receiving the promises, we as new creations in Christ have the following:

2 Cor 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Amen!

Some more scriptures talking of Christ’s faith from the KJV:

Rom 3:22;  Gal 2:16;  Eph 3:12;  Php 3:9. 


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